The world is gathering its greens and heading to Dublin, the city famed for its words and the popular ruby-red stout. Why green? Because it is St Patrick’s Day weekend and there’s green everywhere. Green sugary clover on cupcakes, green nylon hair, green leggings, green horned caps, men in gigantic green sunshades, women in ropes of green beads. And if it could not get any greener -- green beer as well. St Patrick’s Day is the best time to be in Dublin. Find an inch on the parade route for your feet, hold your breath and your beer -- it is estimated that as many as 13 million pints of beer are consumed on St Patrick's Day, up from the usual 5.5 million per day. And when you are done with the parade and the greens, find the city’s other charms.
Preeti Verma Lal is a Goa-based freelance writer/photographer.