From the very best of Irish arts, culture, food, music to enjoy, and more, including the spectacular annual parade in London’s Trafalgar Square, a Family Festival Village at Knocknashinna Park, in Downpatrick, in Northern Island, colourful parades will be taking place this weekend to mark St Patrick's Day.

An international community promoting democracy, peace and security, this year a virtual reception for the Irish community and friends of Ireland will be hosted by H.E. Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Benin and Togo, Peter Ryan, featuring remarks from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and a specially commissioned Irish cultural performance by award-winning Irish poet and writer, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, plus a piece of Irish traditional music by renowned concertina player, Cormac Begley.

Marked yesterday (March 17) - the traditional death date of Saint Patrick - the Festival of Saint Patrick will continue with celebrations around the world over the weekend, with special family gatherings, services for the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.

In the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, Montserrat, the United States, Argentina, Australia, throughout Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and wider afield, fantastic party frivolities - for young and old – and holy spiritual acknowledgement continue to prove the endearing appeal of one of the world’s most followed religions.