Updated: Jan 10
Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland and the day of his death, March 17th became a feasting day called St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick, actually born in England, brought Christianity to Ireland and was originally only celebrated by Irish Catholics but is now a cause to celebrate Irish culture in general.
Generally, celebrations include parades, parties, and a whole lot of food. And since restrictions during Lent were lifted on St. Patrick’s day, it’s become a pretty big drinking holiday as well!
Although St. Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday in the U.S., that’s no reason not to throw a party. Whether you’re Catholic or not, it’s a day to kick back and relish in all things Irish, just for the fun of it. From leprechauns to green beer to bagpipes, what’s not to love?
Festive Food and Drinks
What’s a party without food and drinks? It can be overwhelming to prepare what you’ll serve at an event. But don’t worry -- we’ve got a few ideas... The classic beer of choice for an unbeatable St. Patrick’s Day has got to be Guinness. Created in the 17th century, this Irish stout is to be expected during a celebration of the Irish patron saint. But there's other methods of enjoying it that don't involve drinking! From Guinness French Toast to traditional Irish stew, there are countless ways to use Guinness for more than Irish Car Bombs.
But, if you’re not into stouts or you’re entertaining kids, just make everything green! Add a little bit of green food coloring to any beverage and whip up some shamrock-shaped cookies for the kids, young and old.
The options are endless, so get creative! Anything green, lucky, or Guinness-inspired is sure to be a hit.
Hire Irish Dancers for Your St. Patty's Day Event
Although the direct history of Irish dancing is lost in time, many point to a link between Celtic pagan dances and traditional Irish dance. As early as the 17th century, Dance Masters would travel throughout the area teaching to crowds of people, creating traditional styles and principles that continue today.
Irish dancers wear historic peasant garb to celebrate the culture of past centuries and they wear two types of shoes depending on the dance style: Hard shoes, similar to tap shoes and soft shoes known as ghillies (pictured below) which are similar to ballet shoes.
Bring down the house with live entertainment and Irish Dancers are something we can definitely help you with. Imagine the look on your guests’ faces when the bagpipes start blaring and tapping shoes commence.
Create a memorable experience and invite a few of our Irish Dancers to perform at your St. Patty’s day party for a special treat. Your guests will rave about their traditional look and exciting moves.
Contact us here at PEP for more information and have a fantastic St. Patrick's Day!