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Happy St Patrick's Day 2023!

When is St Patrick’s Day 2023?

St. Patrick's Day 2023 takes place on 17 March - the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, and is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Although it is not a guaranteed day off in these countries, it is also widely celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, especially amongst those who have Irish origins.

Why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

The day commemorates Saint Patrick (now the patron Saint Ireland), the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe (a traditional gaelic social gathering), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians who belong to liturgical denominations also attend church services and historically Lent restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those who have spread from their homeland, particularly those that developed in North America.

How do you say ‘Happy St Patrick’s Day’ in Irish?

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (Pronounced ah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch)
A very basic, straightforward way of wishing anyone you meet a happy St. Patrick's Day.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh! (Pronounced ah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh YEE-uv)
This sentiment adapts the basic way of wishing someone a happy St. Patrick's Day to a plural form. Use this version when you are talking to two or more people.

How can you get involved?

St Patrick's Day Outfit

The easiest way to show you are celebrating St Patrick's Day is to get a whole outfit! There are so many out there, take a look on Amazon! There is anything from a clover print hoody to shamrock leggings, rubber wristbands to a shamrock dress (with pockets!) - the world is your oyster.

Buy a St Patrick’s Day T-Shirt

Take it that one step further and buy yourself a St Patrick’s Day T-Shirt - there are so many options online from more traditional t-shirts to funnier ones or even rude ones if you are feeling brave enough! Or, perhaps support a smaller business and browse Etsy - there are loads of styles to choose from and most can be personalized too.

St Patrick’s Day Nail Art

If you don’t think you are brave enough to try the whole outfit how about you get some green nails instead? There are some really good ideas out there and we are sure your nail tech will be glad to design something out of the ordinary! Check out this article for some inspo … or there is always Pinterest don’t forget!

Tips for group celebrating

If you are going to be celebrating in style with a load of friends, you want maximum time to enjoy yourself and minimum time playing accountant! Worse still are the unending questions of ‘who’s round is it’ which get more plentiful and slightly less well articulated as the day/night draws on, and then there are the lurkers that wait until everyone has had a couple of drinks too many and don’t notice that they’ve not chipped in for a round. Yep, you know who you are (Chad….it’s always Chad).

So what about this option? Before the event, when everyone is the best and most sober version of themselves, create a money pool. Everyone puts the same amount of money into one place that can then be withdrawn and taken out as cash for the event, or the one person organizing it goes and gets the drinks in. That way everyone has paid an equal amount, there’s no swerving rounds, it doesn’t matter whose turn it is….you can just focus on having fun!

That’s what Collctiv is here for, to make life easier for organizers. You have researched the places you are going, the dress code, you’ve booked tables, cabs, shared subway times….you’ve basically done everything for everyone and yet it’s still you left sucking up the costs.

Take the AirBnB as another example. You researched and booked the house, you paid the deposit but still find yourself on the night having to be the fun sponge/debt collector getting YOUR money back!!

Who books the Uber? You. Always. Meaning you pay for it. By the time everyone surfaces the next day, the $50 you had to shell out is a distant memory as you whisper over the pancakes you are pushing around your plate!  

Download Collctiv today and solve these constant headaches/bank balance busters!

The easy way to collect money from a group of people

We’ve made it easy for you as an organizer to collect money, and we’ve also made it super simple for contributors to pay into your pot. Setting up a Collctiv pot can be done in less than a minute and sharing the payment link or QR code with your group is even easier, no matter the channel you use to communicate.

People use the link/QR code to access the payment screen and then tap to pay into your pot using their desired payment method, including Apple Pay and Google Pay. They don’t need to download an app, sign up to anything or do any banking. Within a couple of taps and 10 seconds later you’ve got your money. It really is that simple.

The money sits in the pot you’ve created for the specific event and can then be withdrawn to your bank account in a lump sum, so it all remains ring-fenced until you have the final amount in advance. Say goodbye to the time and effort that comes with scrolling through pages of lunch meal deals and morning coffees to find out if Amanda has actually paid you the money she owes. Instead, you can track the total amount you’ve received along with the names of the people who have paid you.

Take back control of your time. Take away the friction of payment. Take away the excuses. Get paid what you’re owed.

Download Collctiv today to get started.

Organizers bring people together

Since 2019 Collctiv has helped over 550,000 people from 97 countries come together by making it simple for Organizers to collect money from groups. Whether it's St. Patrick’s day celebrations, group holidays or grassroots sports teams - download our free app today and start bringing people together!

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