Leaves start greening city avenues and festivities begin to flourish. And days get longer – the last Sunday morning of the month ushers in daylight saving time.

St Patrick's Day

Parades and celebrations are held on 17 March in Irish towns big, such as Dublin, and small to honour St Patrick. While elsewhere the day is a commercialised romp of green beer, in his home country it's a time to celebrate with friends and family.