Happy St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day

Studying at EC Vancouver means getting to know different cultures and celebrating their special events. One of them is St. Patrick’s Day that takes place on March 17. It is the memorial day of the patron saint of Ireland. According to a legend, Saint Patrick brought Christianity to a pagan Island and drove out all the snakes.  This holiday has outgrown national borders and has become a kind of international day of Ireland. In different cities around the world people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and Vancouver is no exception. Colorful events and celebrations of people dressed in green (the national color of Ireland) are visible wherever the Irish live.  Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day  Celtic Fest is a family friendly event where you can enjoy Irish music and dances on March 16th from 7 pm to 11 pm at the Scottish Cultural Centre at 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  The Blarney Stone is an Irish pub, which is located in Gastown, Vancouver, was established in 1972. Every year they organize St Patrick’s Day Festival that takes place on March 17th. You will have an opportunity to enjoy live music, DJ Zeus, Hula Hooper, face painting, prizes and games from 10 am to 2 am. Tickets starts from $25.  St. Patrick’s Day Pub Night is a three-hour cruise tour on the Fraser River. Do not miss the chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a unique atmosphere, with a DJ and food and drinks on board. This adult (19+) event takes place on two days: March 15th and 16th from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Shamrocks & Shenanigans gives you a chance to have some fun and enjoy Irish comedy on March 17th starting at 7:30 pm at Celtic TheatreSports.  The Wolf and Hound is a famous Irish pub which invites you to join them to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with three live bands on March 17th starting at 11:30 am.  Dublin Crossing Irish Pub welcomes you to join the celebration of St. … Read more


New Year’s Eve in Canada

You get a break from your English courses in Vancouver on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 because it is a holiday. But New Year’s Eve on Monday, December 31, 2018 is not a public holiday so businesses usually have their regular opening hours. There will be fireworks, festivities and parties around Vancouver and Public Transit will be FREE from 5 pm on Monday, December 31, 2018 until 5 am on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. To celebrate the end of the old year and the start of the new year people come together in different constellations. Some prefer small private parties with close family members or a few good friends and others like big family parties with every single member of the family or parties with all the friends they know. There is also the option of joining a giant New Year’s public street party outside and getting to meet new people there. In Canada people usually look at fireworks, open champagne bottles and toast to everyone’s health, go skiing and snowboarding, or go fishing at a lake. In Vancouver you can celebrate at Canada Place, at the ski hills and at different night clubs. There will be fireworks in Burrard Inlet taking off at 9 pm and 12 am from the water near Canada Place and you can see them from Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and North Vancouver. A free New Year’s Eve street party with live music is happening along Canada Place Way or you can get tickets for parties at the Convention Centre. Fireworks at 9 pm are part of Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas activities on New Year’s Eve. There will be evening laser tobogganing, fireworks and other activities at Mount Seymour. Enjoy free music and walk around a labyrinth at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 1130 Jervis … Read more