What started as a Irish religious holiday in 1631 is now a reason for celebration in various parts of Asia.
Due in part to the spread of Irish expatriates, St. Patrick’s Day is now recognized around the world in Singapore, South Korea, India, China, Japan and Malaysia.
The day commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, a missionary and bishop from the fifth century. He is known for introducing Christianity to different areas of Ireland, according to Britannica.
This special day, which occurs on March 17, became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903.
Activities held during this festive day include attending street parades and parties, making Irish soda bread and drinking plenty of beer.
The Lion City celebrates St. Patrick’s Day over the course of several days.
On the eve of March 17, an annual St. Patrick’s Day Ball is held. Singapore’s St. Patrick’s Society, which was established in 1925, hosts this event and features live music, unlimited alcohol, raffles and more.
On March 17, during the Singapore St. Patrick’s Day Parade — which is rumored to be the largest celebration in Southeast Asia — participants wear green, sing and dance in the streets.
Popular menu items from these places include: shepherd’s pie, Guinness pie, fish and chips and bangers and mash.
To make the holiday even more festive, the Singapore River is dyed green.
St. Patrick’s Day in this country is mostly celebrated in Seoul, the country’s capital.
The Irish Association of Korea (IAK), which first started hosting events in 2001, runs an outdoor festival filled with Irish food, tons of beer, raffle prizes, face painting, a costume contest, live entertainment and more.
The event, which has been held at Kuala Lumpur’s Shangri-La Hotel for the past few years, is the biggest St. Patrick’s Day ball held outside of Ireland and the United States.
Food and drinks you can find at various Irish pubs in Malaysia on St. Patrick’s Day include: Guinness-infused food (such as Guinness Bailey’s ice cream floats and Guinness smoked beef ribs) and free flow Guinness.
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