10 St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try in 2024

From the long-standing rituals to the quieter moments of celebration, explore our list of ten St. Patrick’s Day Traditions to try in 2024.

10 St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try in 2024.

For better or for worse, pubs all over the world will soon be packed with those ready to raise a glass to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

While there is nothing wrong with pouring some Guinness to mark the occasion or joining in on a pub crawl, we have rounded up some other traditions to help you celebrate this special time of year.

From quieter ways to connect with our cultural history to long-standing rituals that have stood the test of time, join us as we explore ten St. Patrick’s Day Traditions to try this year.

10. Watching an Irish film – plenty to choose from

Watching an Irish film is one of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try in 2024.
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If you’re looking to save money, or you prefer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day solo and indoors, why not reconnect with an old classic in Irish cinema?

Choose a blockbuster like The Quiet Man or Darby O’Gill and the Little People, or if camp horror is your thing, go for the Leprechaun series.

9. Attend a parade – a green spectacle

Attending a parade is a classic way to celebrate the occasion.

From cities like Dublin and Belfast to smaller towns all over the country, parades of green and gold will line the streets on 17 March. Often free to watch and appropriate for all ages, you can join in the spectacle.

And if you’re further afield, cities all over the world also take part. Chicago, with its long history of emigration from Ireland, famously turns the river green each year to mark the occasion. They also have one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the US.

8. Join a trad session – your local Irish pub will probably have one

Joining a trad session is one of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try in 2024.
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Whether you are currently living here or you are feeling a little homesick overseas, there’s nothing like an Irish traditional music session to help you reconnect with the Emerald Isle.

Have a search in your local area to see where your nearest Irish pub is. They may just have a trad session coming up, especially this time of year.

Whether you play an instrument yourself or just intend to watch and listen, this is a great way to soak up the energy of the day.

7. Create a St. Patrick’s Day playlist – the soundtrack of your day

While there are hundreds of playlists on Spotify vying to be the soundtrack of your St Patrick’s Day, it can be a good idea to create your own.

Choose songs that are meaningful to you and represent your own personal connection to your country and heritage.

6. Decorate your home – shamrocks galore!

Decorate your home with shamrocks and candles.
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Decorations are not just for Christmas! Try decorating your home with the spirit of the season.

Bringing actual shamrocks into your house is a St Patrick’s Day tradition, but there is also no shortage of green bunting, leprechaun figurines, and artistic pots of gold to be found online.

St. Patrick’s Day is only days away from the Spring Equinox, so why not treat yourself to a scented candle to bring the smells of this brighter season into your home?

5. Make a St. Patrick’s Day feast – 17 March isn’t the same without one

Making a St. Patrick's Day feast is one of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try in 2024.
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What better excuse to whip up a feast than to celebrate the day of Ireland’s most famous patron saint?

Try your hand at baking some soda bread, or warm yourself with some Irish stew, the ultimate comfort food.

4. Take a trip – visit an iconic Irish site

Take a trip to one of Ireland's heritage sites. Pictured is Loughcrew.
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One of the more common St. Patrick’s Day traditions is to take a trip to mark the occasion. Some choose to connect with their heritage by visiting a site of importance to our ancient ancestors, such as Loughcrew.

Although not quite as famous as Newgrange, this neolithic site was built by ancient Irish people to align with the sun on the Spring Equinox, just a few short days after 17 March.

Another idea is to visit Downpatrick, County Down, the reputed burial place of St. Patrick. This Irish spring tradition is sure to get you excited for St. Patrick’s Day.

3. Family time – spend time with older relatives today

Family time is one of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try in 2024.
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Ireland is changing quickly. Use St. Patrick’s Day as a chance to spend time with your older relatives, and listen to their treasure trove of memories from Ireland’s past.

Oral tradition was a hugely important way to pass on stories and wisdom, especially considering many Irish people were unable to read or write not so long ago.

Take the opportunity to get to know your older family members and to keep their stories alive.

2. Irish folklore – get reading!

Get reading some Irish folklore.
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Ireland is rich in folklore and mythology. Delve into stories about bean sí (the banshee), fairies, and, of course, leprechauns. Listen to oral stories online, buy a book on the subject, or watch a documentary.

1. Wearing green – a simple and easy way to celebrate

Wearing green is one of the St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try in 2024.
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Wearing green is one of the most long-standing St. Patrick’s Day traditions of all. Although considered by some superstitious folk to be unlucky, green is considered the colour of Ireland. Wearing the colour on 17 March can be an easy way to celebrate.

Another more wicked tradition is to pinch anyone who isn’t wearing green. Perhaps this is best avoided, especially if you are living outside of Ireland!

Whether you add just one of the above to your St. Patrick’s Day traditions or adopt all of them, we hope you have a great day celebrating your country and culture in a way that feels personal to you. Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

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