Instead, the country has been stopped in its tracks due to the coronavirus.
However, resourceful Irish people are keeping the revelry going and finding their own unique ways to celebrate.
Here are some of the best pictures and video doing the rounds today.
The Cork St Patrick's Day Festival is asking people to post photos of their celebrations @corkstpatricksfestival (Facebook) or on @corkpaddysfest (Twitter).
Nobody about on the South Mall, Cork, which would usually be busy with people this St. Patrick’s Day. Picture Dan Linehan Nobody about on the South Mall, Cork, which would usually be busy with people this St. Patrick’s Day. Picture Dan LinehanThe Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol joins Tourism Ireland's Global Greenings campaign to mark St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March. Pic: Adam Gasson/PA Wire