President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings to the Government and people of Ireland on the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
In a message to Ireland President Michael D Higgins, Mukherjee said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the friendly people of Ireland on the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day. India and Ireland enjoy warm and friendly ties that are deeply rooted in history.”
Mukherjee has expressed confidence that co-operation between the two countries in bilateral and multilateral arena will continue to expand and deepen in the years to come.
Historically, St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.