How to properly celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day

Try out these authentic Irish traditions this St. Patrick’s Day.

Stand out from the crowd and celebrate March 17th like a true Irishman. You don’t need to dress in green and drink at a crowded bar to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This year celebrate by adopting these Irish traditions allowing you to have plenty of fun and fill your belly at the same time.

Irish cuisine

A strong meat and potato base for your Irish celebration is a great start. Dishes you may like to try include Shepherd’s pie Irish boxty which is a potato pancake, and Dublin coddle, a mixture of potatoes, onions, sausage, and bacon.

If you are adding a green theme to your celebration, try making a feast filled with only green food.

Irish beverages

It is likely that Guinness may be the most well-known alcoholic beverage made in Ireland. However, the Irish are known for many other great drinks. Other beers include Harp, Murphy’s, Smithwick’s, and Beamish & Crawford.

If you are more of a whisky fan, you can try Jameson, Bushmills, and Tullamore D.E.W. Another classic Irish drink is Bailey’s Irish Creme, which is delicious when added to coffee.

Try out these delicious Irish desserts, combining traditional sweets with your favourite alcoholic drinks. Otherwise, take a break from Irish alcohol by making these nonalcoholic sweets.


No celebration is complete without music. If you plan on hosting an Irish celebration, upbeat traditional music is essential. Some classic Irish tunes include Skibbereen, Finnegan’s Wake, and The Fields of Athenry. Irish Artists include The Pogues, The Wolfe Tones, and The Dubliners.

Check out this St Patrick’s Day playlist for a mix of classic and current Irish hits.

Irish flicks

Spend your day or end your night watching a classic Irish movie. Some of the most popular modern Irish films include Calvary (2014), Sing Street (2016), The Crying Game (1992), Hunger (2008), and Far and Away (1992).

Try out some Irish sport

Gaelic hurling and Gaelic football are two sports widely popular and unique to Ireland. If you have the right group and enough space outside, you may like to hold your own Irish sporting championship.

If you are planning on hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, one important feature is colour – green, white, and orange. Decorate your house your dining set, and clothing with these colours.