St Patrick's Day

The Ultimate Guide To Celebrating St Patrick’s Day!

For one day each year, everyone is Irish. Even if you’re not Irish, you’re still Irish on St Patrick’s Day. This is my ultimate guide to celebrating St Patrick’s Day like a true Irish person!

Firstly let me address something that bothers EVERY SINGLE Irish person. We can refer to this day as St Patrick’s Day or St Paddy’s Day.

NEVER should it be called St Patty’s Day. No. That’s not a thing. Ever.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest, read more for celebrating St Patrick’s Day in true Irish form.

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St Patrick's Day

Who was St Patrick?

St Patrick was a Romano British Christian Missionary and bishop in the 5th Century. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave. He worked as a shepherd when he found god, who told him to flee to the coast where a ship would take him home. Upon returning home he became a priest.

St Patrick

Later he returned to Northern Ireland to convert the Pagan Irish to Christianity. He spent years evangelising and supposedly converted thousands of people to Christianity. Although, the druids didn’t seem to take kindly to his efforts and span the story that he drove snakes out of Ireland.

Let me note, Ireland didn’t have any snakes.

17th March is known as the day St Patrick died and over the centuries he has become known as Ireland’s Patron saint.

Until late 20th Century, celebrations for St Patrick’s Day were more popular among Irish diasporas than it was in Ireland.

What To Wear on St Patrick’s Day?

No matter what you wear to celebrate your St Patrick’s Day it’s customary to embellish your outfit with something green. This could mean wearing a green t-shirt or jumper. Or going full outlandish with comedic hats. It’s up to you.

St Patrick's Day

If you don’t want to bring too much attention to yourself (and trust me you’d probably blend in) you could stick to wearing shamrocks instead. Although it’s probably best to avoid the full-blown tourist look with the shamrock or leprechaun suits. Trust me, it’ll save you some weird looks to say the least!

What To Drink on St Patrick’s Day?

Well, assuming you are over the age of 18 (the legal drinking age in Ireland) then you’ll most likely be supping a beautiful pint of the black stuff. For those that don’t know, that’s a pint of Guinness.


If you’re not a fan of Guinness, then how about a wee whiskey? Ireland is famous for its whiskey and the most popular is Jamesons.

You’re probably wondering why drinking is almost encouraged on St Patrick’s Day, especially given that it’s origins are of a religious nature?

Well seeing as the celebrations are smack back in the middle of lent, historically the restrictions on food and alcohol were lifted to enjoy a sumptuous feast. This has propagated the tradition of consuming alcohol on St Patrick’s Day and has fostered negative stereotypes of Irish people (that we’re all drunken leprechauns).

What To Do in Belfast?

St Patrick’s Day celebrations are synonymous with parades to celebrate all things Irish.

If you are celebrating in Belfast, the city centre will be filled with colour and music bringing together the best of Irish culture in a wonderfully inclusive carnival.

Marvel at eye-catching floats, street performers and elaborate costumes along with both local and global musical celebrations.

Following the carnival will be an open-air concert taking place in Custom House Square featuring music and Irish Dancing from local talents. There will also be a 10k race and St George’s Market will also offer a taste of traditional food, music and dance.

The events taking place are a fabulous opportunity to soak up Belfast’s lively atmosphere, fantastic food and its hidden gems.

How are you celebrating St Patrick’s Day? Will you be attending a carnival in your home town? Are you visiting Ireland to join in on the celebrations? Let me know in the comments.

Don’t forget to read the best things to do in Northern Ireland!

Until next time…

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