How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Like The Irish?

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and while the world explodes with green everything and shamrock shakes, Ireland celebrates their national day in a more traditional way. Here’s how to experience the Emerald Isle’s spirit for yourself:

Dress for the Festivities (But Ditch the Leprechaun Suit):

  • Think Green, White, and Orange: These are the colors of the Irish flag. Opt for a cozy green sweater, a white button-down, and an orange scarf.
  • Aran Sweaters: These hand-knitted wool sweaters come in classic cable-knit patterns and rich, natural colors. They’re warm, stylish, and a true nod to Irish heritage.
  • Tweed Caps: Top off your outfit with a flat cap in brown or gray tweed for a touch of timeless Irish charm.

Deck the Halls (or Pub):

  • Skip the Plastic Shamrocks: Instead, decorate with natural elements like bowls of shamrocks (a three-leaf clover, not the four-leaf clover!), sprigs of heather, or bouquets of daffodils (Ireland’s national flower).
  • Fairy Lights and Bunting: String up some twinkling fairy lights for a warm glow, and add homemade or store-bought fabric bunting in green, white, and orange.
  • Horseshoes: Hang a horseshoe over your door for good luck, an old Irish tradition.

Food and Drink (Beyond Corned Beef and Cabbage):

  • Guinness, of Course: Ireland’s famous dark stout is a must-have. Learn how to pour the perfect pint for an authentic experience (hint: it takes time!).
  • Irish Stew: This hearty lamb stew with vegetables is a delicious way to celebrate.
  • Soda Bread: This simple bread made with buttermilk and whole wheat flour is a perfect accompaniment to stew or cheese.
  • Whiskey Tasting: Sample a variety of Irish whiskeys for a sophisticated way to toast the day.
Food and Drink for St. Patrick’s Day like the Irish

Entertainment (Beyond Leprechaun Hunting):

  • Traditional Music: Find a pub with live Irish music – think fiddles, flutes, and lively singalongs.
  • Ceili Dancing: Join in on a traditional Irish dance where everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary, just embrace the fun!
  • Gaelic Sports: Watch a hurling or Gaelic football match – Ireland’s fast-paced Gaelic games are both exciting to watch and a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
Entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day like the Irish

By incorporating these elements, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a taste of Irish tradition, bringing a bit of the Emerald Isle’s magic into your own home. Sláinte!


So ditch the stereotypes and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Ireland. You might be surprised by how much fun a truly Irish St. Patrick’s Day can be!  From the lively music to the delicious food, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So go green, go traditional, and celebrate like the Irish!