5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2024

As the world turns green on March 17th, hearts unite in celebration of Ireland's rich heritage and traditions. When we think of St. Patrick's Day, we often think of parades, leprechauns, and pints of Guinness. However, St. Patrick's Day isn't just about donning green, sipping Guinness, and kissing or pinching people. Initially a religious feast honoring the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, the day still represents and encompasses a vibrant tapestry of Irish culture waiting to be explored. Here are a few activities you can add to your list of things to do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. 

St. Patrick's Day Four-Leaf Clover
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Watch Irish Movies

Kickstart your St. Patrick's Day festivities by immersing yourself in the magic of Irish cinema. From enchanting tales of folklore to gripping narratives of Irish history, there's a movie for every soul craving a taste of Ireland. Whether it's a timeless classic like "The Quiet Man" or "Ryan's Daughter" or a more contemporary film like "The Wind that Shakes the Barley," lose yourself in the captivating storytelling and beautiful landscapes of the Emerald Isle.

Learn Irish Dancing

Learn to dance an Irish jig or try Irish step dance and feel the rhythm pulsating through your veins as you take your first steps into the world of Irish dance. When I was younger, I had my first exposure to Irish dance à la "Riverdance" and I fell in love with the footwork, the music, and the majesty. It was truly an exhilarating experience. If you have two left feet, you can also watch Irish dance by checking for performances at a local dance school or getting tickets to see "Riverdance."

St. Patrick's Day Irish Bagpipes
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Become a Gaeligóir

They say that language is the key to a culture's soul, and what better way to unlock the mysteries and beauty of the culture than by learning the Irish language itself? Log on to Duolingo to brush up on 'cúlpa focal' (a few words) or dive headfirst into the lyrical beauty of the Gaelic tongue. With its melodic cadence and rich history learning Irish is not just about a word; it's about connecting with the very essence of Ireland's identity. From "Dia dhuit" (hello) to "Sláinte" (cheers), mastering the Irish language adds an authentic touch to your St. Patrick's Day celebrations and fosters a deeper connection to Irish culture.

Share an Irish Blessing

As the day unfolds, take a moment to spread joy and goodwill by sharing a heartfelt blessing with your loved ones. Whether it's a traditional Gaelic blessing or a whimsical Irish proverb, let your words be a beacon of warmth and positivity, echoing the timeless wisdom of the Emerald Isle. 

"May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. The rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Irish blessings like this beloved traditional blessing have been cherished for centuries.

Visit the Emerald Isle

Donegal Ireland
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Grab your passport and catch a flight to visit the land of saints and scholars and experience the beautiful landscapes and rich history and culture of Ireland. Explore iconic landmarks like the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, or the bustling streets of Dublin. Soak in the breathtaking scenery, learn about Ireland's rich history and culture, and feel a sense of connection to the land that inspired St. Patrick's Day celebrations worldwide.

If jetting off to Ireland isn't feasible for you, you can still embark on a virtual journey to experience the beauty and charm of the Emerald Isle. From virtual tours of ancient castles to live-streamed performances of traditional Irish music, there's a treasure trove of online experiences waiting to be discovered. So grab your computer (and maybe a pint of Guinness), and let the magic of Ireland come to life in the comfort of your own home.

Jameson Irish Whiskey Dublin Ireland
Photo by Robert Anasch

This St. Patrick's Day, let's celebrate more than just the luck of the Irish. Let's celebrate the resilience, the spirit, and the enduring legacy of a nation that has captured the hearts of millions around the world. So dance a jig, raise a toast and may the spirit of Ireland guide you on a journey or discovery and delight. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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