March is Irish American Heritage Month. It is celebrated by proclamation of the President and Congress in the U.S. The month honors the achiemvements and contributions of Irish Immigrants and descendants living in the U.S.
Irish American Heritage month was first celebrated in 1991. Irish American Heritage Month reoccurs every March and coincides with Saint Patrick's Day. Every March the Irish Taoiseach visits the U.S. for Saint Patrick's Day. A Shamrock Ceremony takes place in the morning at the White House where a crystal bowl holding shamrock a traditional symbol of Ireland is presented to the President in the Oval Office. A Friend of Ireland luncheon hosted by the House Speaker in The U.S. Capitol or the Rayburn House Office Building. The president, vice president, Taoiseach, Speaker and other officials will attend the luncheon. That evening a Saint Patricks Day Reception takes place at the White House.