7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
The great thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that it’s not just an Irish holiday, but the whole world like to celebrate it with their own version too – from planning a party, a parade, donning up in green attire, and attending various pub crawls where beer takes the spotlight!
During this festive time, everyone seems to be in the mood for a drink, has their energy tank filled to party, and meet fellow people who love to drink too!
We’ve gathered some of the most interesting ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your friends and family, and where to celebrate them. Check out some of our suggestions below!
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1) Join a Pub Crawl
There’s no other way to enjoy as much Guinness than joining a pub crawl with the rest of your friends. You also get to taste various craft-brewed beers, Irish Whiskey, and various liquors that are locally produced and meet the brewers on-site too. Sometimes, there are pub crawls that raises a fund for different causes, making this activity not only exciting but beneficial as well. Check Eventbrite for an upcoming event near you!
2) Eat Irish Dishes!
Ever had a Shepherd’s Pie made with beef and vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes? Now this one’s an authentic and traditional Irish dish you should have on this festive holiday. Other than that, you can also try other dishes like the Boxty or potato pancake, or perhaps an Irish Stew! You can also try some Irish drinks such as whiskey, cider, and green cocktails!
If you’re into baking, you can experiment some St. Patrick’s Day recipe that depends on your liking.
3) Attend a Parade
Did you know that this popular festivity turns different cities into a one Irish party celebration with big parades, live Irish music, traditional food, and booze? More than being a spectator, we think that being part of the parade is much more exciting especially when you get to walk with the marching band, dance troupe, gymnasts, and people dressed in green attire and leprechaun costumes.
4) Host a St. Patrick’s Day Home Party
Throwing a party is one of the cool ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day especially if you’re the party planner type of person. Just prepare a checklist of who to invite, your Irish menu, or perhaps, you can call your local delicatessen or bakery if you don’t have any idea and experience in baking. To help you with all the things you needed, you can hire a professional to help with the décors, food, up to tidy up after the party.
Not to mention, the Irish party wouldn’t be complete without a legit Irish jam. If you can’t find one, you can listen to legendary Irish musicians instead, from the likes of U2 and The Cranberries.
5) Watch a Gaelic Hurling or Camogie
Witness how the Irish excel when it comes to Gaelic Hurling. Watching a game is one of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, as it also serves as a very special Irish experience especially those who are into sports and discovering other cultures too. The objective of this game is for players to use a to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents’ goalposts. The Camogie, on the other hand, is a women’s game which is similar to hurling. What’s interesting about this game, is that they don’t use any protective padding while playing.
You can view this game via www.gaago.ie.
6) Join a St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run
For the active people who want to celebrate the holiday with a few miles, joining a St. Patrick’s Day fun run might be their idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Sometimes, other city hosts a fun run after the festivity to sweat the previous days’ intake of carb and unlimited beers. But then, most fun runs are followed with a couple of drinks and an epic post-race party to make the run a memorable one.
7) Watch Irish Movies
If you’re the introvert type, why not stay at home and watch some fine Irish films such as Brooklyn, Leprechaun, The Boxer, Angela’s Ashes, In America, Sing Street, My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Crying Game, and Once to name a few.
But of course, a movie night wouldn’t be complete without preparing something to munch on. Why not buy some popcorn or perhaps an Irish bar snack like Keogh’s crisp. If you want to impress your friends coming over, you can make your own Boxty, apart hash brown and part pancake which could be a great alternative from the usual popcorn.