03/17/2014 07:19 EDT | Updated 03/17/2014 09:59 EDT

St. Patrick's Day Photos: 10 Monuments Lit Up Green Around The World

The Niagara River flows over the Horseshoe Falls section of Niagara Falls, painted in green light to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2001, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The city also celebrated its birthday Saturday, officially designated as March 17, 1892. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

(Relaxnews) - Between March 14 and 17, iconic monuments around the world will be bathed in green light in honour of the traditional Irish holiday.

New monuments join the worldwide celebration each year. Among the sites that will turn green for St. Patrick's Day in 2014 are the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway and the archeological city of Petra in Jordan.

The Giza Pyramids, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, the Sydney Opera, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye and South Africa's Table Mountain are also among this year's participants.

Originally dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a more secular celebration of Irish heritage, including parades, festivals, and gatherings around the world.

While the Irish capital of Dublin is home to an impressive celebration, many of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day parades take place in the US. According to the Irish Tourist Office, around 70 million people around the world consider themselves Irish or of Irish ancestry.

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