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How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day: Customs & New Traditions

Whether you like celebrating St. Patricks Day with new traditions or old ones, we've got you covered. Explore our guide on how to celebrate this holiday.

By Enrique Aguilar

St. Patrick's Day – that delightful day when everyone's feeling the luck of the Irish, and the world turns shades of green in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. But where does this holiday come from and how exactly does one celebrate properly?

Whether you have Irish roots or just want to join in the festivities, here's your guide to St. Patrick's Day activities with a mix of traditional customs and fresh, fun traditions.

The Origins of St. Patrick's Day

Before we dive into the modern St. Patrick’s Day activities, let's take a quick trip through history. St. Patrick's Day commemorates St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the country in the 5th century. What started as a religious feast day has evolved into a global celebration of Irish culture.

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland

st patricks day street parade

If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, you're in for a treat. The day kicks off with lively parades, traditional music, and, of course, a sea of green. Cities like Dublin transform into a spectacle of pride and merriment for the Irish people. Join the locals in cheering on the vibrant floats, adorned with shamrocks and leprechauns, winding through the charming streets.

Below are a few more St Patrick’s Day activities you can take part in Ireland:

  • Attend a Parade
  • Visit Historic Castles
  • Seek out Local Pubs
  • Attend a Ceilidh

St. Patrick's Day Activities

green st patricks day table decorations

If you can't make it to Ireland, you can still infuse your celebration with Irish charm right at home. Here are a few ideas on how you can have fun this holiday:

Host A Green Party: Transform your space with a sea of green St Patty’s decorations. Think green banners, shamrock garlands, and even green fairy lights to create a festive atmosphere.

If you’re wanting to throw something for the kids, get creative by crafting leprechaun traps. Use household items to design a trap that might just catch a mischievous leprechaun and his pot of gold.

Attending Mass: Many Irish families start the day by attending a special St. Patrick's Day Mass. It's a time for reflection and expressing gratitude for their heritage. Couple this with making traditional Irish foods and indulge in dishes like corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and hearty stews. Share a meal with loved ones and savor the flavors of Ireland.

Irish Movie Marathon: Create a cozy home cinema and binge-watch Irish films or movies set in Ireland. From heartwarming dramas to charming comedies, there's something for everyone.

Green-Themed Scavenger Hunt: Organize a family-friendly scavenger hunt with green-themed clues and treats. It's a great way to keep everyone entertained and active.

DIY Irish Crafts: Get the creative juices flowing with DIY Irish crafts. Make your own St Patty’s shamrock decorations, paint Celtic designs, or try your hand at creating a personalized Claddagh ring.

Irish Bar Crawl: For those seeking a livelier celebration, consider embarking on an Irish bar crawl. While it might not replicate the cobblestone streets of Dublin, you can create your own pub-hopping experience right in your local area.

Plan the Perfect St. Patrick's Day with Celebration Wishes

people making a toast with their drinks

Whether you're raising a glass with friends for St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland or toasting at home, remember that St. Patrick's Day is about more than just festivities – it's about celebrating the enduring spirit of Irish culture, old traditions in Ireland and the joy of creating new ones.

Need help planning your celebration? Sign up with Celebration Wishes to ensure your St. Patrick's Day celebration is seamless and full of vibrant moments. Use our tools and resources to help organize your event, send invites, and more. Start planning today, and let the luck of the Irish guide you to a day filled with unforgettable memories.

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