St Patricks Day Traditions

St Patricks Day Traditions

 St Patricks Day Traditions


As St Patricks Day 2020 is almost upon us, we give you a rundown of our most celebrated Patricks Day Traditions

on our National Holiday.  So put on your Grandfather Shirt, wear your Tweed

Flat Cap and grab your Shillelagh

 Here's our Top St Patricks Day Traditions:



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Parade Dublin

The St Patricks Day Parade

One of the most famous St Patricks Day parades in the world takes place in Dublin, Ireland. 
Strangely enough, this tradition of parades began
in North America and only reached Ireland in the 20th century. 
The first recorded parade honoring the Catholic feast day of St Patrick was held in New York City by
Irish soldiers serving the British army. 
Nowadays, it remains one of the most popular things to do on Patricks Day and 
takes place in many countries, attended by many
costumed marching bands, clubs and sporting groups,
cheerleaders and officers/guards as well as wonderful artistic floats and displays.




Barack Obama and Enda Kenny Wearing Shamrock 2012

Wearing Shamrock

In Ireland it is well known we wear Green on St Patricks Day, but did you know we also wear Shamrock.

It is thought that St Patrick used the Shamrock leaf with its three parts to explain the Holy

Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) when preaching Christianity in Ireland.

It has also long since become an emblem of Good Luck

and National Symbol of Ireland and on St Patricks Day we wear Shamrock on our lapel.





Ceol agus Céilí

Ceol (music) and Ceili (Irish Folk Dancing) are synonymous with St Patricks Day and feature in many

parades and celebrations around the world on March 17th. Ceili dances were once a prominent

social event in Ireland and the tradition is still kept alive today.  Traditional Irish music played on the

fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle and accordian accompany the

dancers.  Stories, poems, ballads and Sean Nos singing are also customary at these events.




pints of guinness

Food and Drink

Saint Patricks Day celebrations are renowned for their drinking culture, with some revellers even dying their

beer Green. Historically, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the feast day of

St Patrick, which encouraged the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

The term 'Wetting the Shamrock' is often heard and refers

to having a drink to celebrate St Patricks Day.  Traditionally it referred to the last drink of the

evening where a shamrock leaf was placed in a glass covered with whiskey or other alcoholic drink.

The drink is downed and shamrock is removed and thrown over the left shoulder.

A traditional meal on St Patricks Day would be Corned Beef and Cabbage or more

commonly a Roast Dinner here in Ireland. 




Croagh Patrick pilgimage 

Pilgrimages and Processions 

Certain places associated with St Patrick host religious rituals like climbing mountains

barefoot, such as Croagh Patrick in County Mayo where Saint Patrick was believed to have

spent 40 days and nights fasting before banishing snakes from Ireland. 

There are also holy processions to sites where relics of the saint are believed to be kept.



St Patrick

St Patrick

Though he may not have been Irish (St Patrick was in fact Welsh), our patron Saint is most celebrated
in Ireland on March 17th on his supposed date of death and feast day.  St Patrick brought Christianity
to Ireland providing the first organised educational infrastructure for a
society that previously had none.  It is also legend
that St Patrick banished snakes from Ireland, but is thought to be a
metaphor for ridding Ireland of paganism.



Lá Fhéile Padraig Shona Daoibh!

-Happy St Patricks Day!


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