Traditions of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March which commemorates his death. The day is celebrated all over the world and a number of popular events are conducted worldwide. He was the Patron Saint of Ireland and his festivity was important in Ireland’s theological calendar. It is widely accepted that he introduced Christianity to Ireland and eliminated snakes from the island. However, these are untrue and can be classified only as Irish folklore.

Since he was the Saint of Ireland, this country celebrates the event with immense excitement. There are a number of traditions associated with this day and some are even religious. Some other people who are not Irish consider being Irish national just to celebrate this day.

Typical traditions

Here is a list of typical traditions that are being carried out on the St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Most people wear something green on this day. It has now become known as ‘the wearing of green’ to celebrate the Irish heritage. In Ireland, people wear small bunch of Shamrocks on their right breast instead of preferring green clothing. It signifies their Irishness and the connection they have with this event.
  • It is considered as a holy day for most of the Irish. If not all, most of them consider it as an obligation to visit the church on this day. Families would dress in the best they can with Shamrocks attached on their breast and attend the church as a family.Families would return home after attending and attend a large roasted dinner which includes a number of meat and vegetables that is served with roasted and mashed potatoes. Alcohol was not consumed will 1970’s until the pubs were made permissible by the law.Families even sit together and watch the parades carried out on the television.
  • In Ireland, there is a tradition of drinking green beer. You would hardly find a pub where this kind of beer is not served. Interestingly, this is not actually the tradition of Ireland but of US and Canada which have been propagated to Ireland. Since it is now permissible by law, Ireland widely serves this beer and has now become a popular tradition.
  • This day is considered the day of parades and festivals. The first parade occurred in the New York City in 1766 and today these parades are held all over the world as a form of celebration. Millions of people are invited to celebrate being Irish just for a day.

Until 1995, the Irish government did not allow to hold parades. Since then, this day is celebrated with a number of parades which even includes shows, concerts, plays, fun fair followed by a main parade.


St. Patrick’s Day is quite popular irrespective of your religion. People of all religion celebrates it in Ireland due to its enthusiasm and popularity. There is no harm in it as well. Above were some of the traditions that have been long carried out and will continue to do so.…