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Colourful St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the world

From the London Eye to the Great Pyramids, see iconic landmarks turn green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

By National Geographic Staff
Published 17 Mar 2019, 15:56 GMT
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 98-foot-tall statue Christ the Redeemer, perhaps Brazil’s most iconic site, is lit in green atop Corcovado mountain for St. Patrick’s Day.
Photograph by Yasuyoshi Chiba, AFP, Getty Images

Every year on March 17, people around the globe celebrate Irish culture and heritage with food, drink, and lively parades in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. From the emerald waters of Chicago River to the lights of the Sydney opera house, see how these 10 cities transform their landmarks for this beloved holiday.


This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2019.

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