The COMPLETE St Patrick's Day 2023 Guide
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It’s never too early to get prepared for St Patrick’s Day, we’re not sure about you but it’s one of our favourite times of the year.
If you’re wanting to get the ball rolling and plan your celebrations within your luxury student accommodation, you need to take a read of our guide with everything you need to know for March 17th 2023.
This huge holiday is celebrated not only across the UK but across the globe in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
If you’re unfamiliar with Paddy’s Day it’s a time where people come together to celebrate Irish culture with themed parties, drinks and food.
Whether it’s wearing green clothing, eating special food, dancing, attending parades, hosting parties or attending Irish clubs and pubs, there’s a whole lot of ways to celebrate this national holiday.
You can find out all there is to know within our post, luck o’ the Irish…
History Of St Patrick’s Day
Before we dive straight into how to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, let’s just go over some history for those of you who aren’t too well versed in this national holiday.
This special day commemorates Saint Patrick and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland and takes place on March 17th to mark the anniversary of his death in the fifth century.
Did you know, St Patrick was not actually from or born in Ireland – we know, it’s crazy!
Irish people have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years, and in recent years it has become a holiday which is celebrated in every corner of the world.
In today’s age, the annual day celebrates Irish culture and heritage as well as anything associated with Ireland, allowing all of us to express our inner Irishness for just one day.
Whilst the festivities are important to those with Irish-heritage, everyone can get involved and enjoy this national holiday.
You can find out more about the history of St Patrick’s Day online.
How To Celebrate St Patrick’s Day
Regardless of which part of Ireland or the UK you’re studying in, there’s plenty of ways to get involved with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
So, get your best green attire and shamrocks on cos’ there’s plenty of craic to have, thanks to our St. Patrick’s Day guide!
1. Attend A Parade
Of course, St Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without attending a parade in honour of Saint Patrick, it’s such a fun and festive way to get involved with the celebrations with your pals.
We’d recommend searching to check whether your uni city or town is hosting a parade, plenty of places across the UK host their own fair share of events for the occasion.
You can expect to get dressed up in the traditional colour of green, enjoy traditional food and drink, dance along to music, watch Irish entertainment, and maybe even enjoy some fireworks.
We’d say just go along and soak up the atmosphere.
So, go on then, discover what’s happening in your area and join the hundreds of others coming together to enjoy the cultural and religious celebration at a St Paddy’s parade – you’ve gotta paint the town green as they say!
If you’re studying in Ireland, we’re sure that the festivities will not be one to pass up.
2. Host A Party
St Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated annual days of the year so why not host your own party to celebrate all things Irish?
At least this way you won’t have to splash the cash on bevvies!
You can bring the Irish fun to your student flat by hosting a party with green decor, green drinks, hearty Irish dishes and of course all the best Irish music – sounds like a good time to us.
Don’t forget to put up some shamrock in your student flat, which is a symbol of Ireland and Saint Patrick’s Day.
You could even host a group quiz to test your Irish knowledge.
Plus, this year St Patrick’s Day is taking place on a Friday so you don’t even have to worry about heading to your lectures after celebrating the night before – cheers to the weekend!
Whilst staying in our PSL properties, make sure to use our residents app KLIQ to organise your St Patrick’s Day events at the touch of a button.
3. Visit An Irish Pub
Let’s be real, we all love an Irish pub, they’re just the epitome of UK nightlife at this point.
This St Patrick’s Day, why not see how much Guinness you can consume and head to an Irish pub.
Not only will you have a good time and enjoy the amazing atmosphere but you can also support an Irish business.
You can expect a warm friendly welcome, quality drinks, live music and all the best craic when you visit an Irish pub, and they’re even more exciting for Paddy’s Day.
There’ll definitely be plenty of folk songs and Celtic music to sing along to – did someone say karaoke?!
Of course, one of the most popular ways to celebrate is to wear green, the traditional colour of Ireland.
We’re sure the Irish pubs in your local area will be jam-packed for the festivities so instead of stomping the streets looking for somewhere to celebrate, head on down and enjoy a beer or whiskey.
Just prepare yourself for a long queue at the bar though, as we’re sure plenty of other students will have the same idea!
4. Participate In Irish Traditions
This year, celebrate St Patrick’s Day by getting in touch with some Irish culture whether it’s listening to some traditional Irish music, such as folk songs or Celtic music or even watching performances of Irish step dancing.
You could even attend a ceilidh, which is a traditional Irish social gathering that features music, dancing, and storytelling – now that’s an offer that’s hard to turn down!
All this of course has gotta be accompanied with a pint of the black stuff, it’s the Irish way after all.
5. Cook Traditional Irish Food
There are plenty of ways to get in on the St Patrick’s Day festivities, like cooking up some traditional Irish food from Irish soda bread to corned beef and cabbage to Irish mashed potatoes.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, there’s tons of St Patrick’s Day recipes online if you wanna get traditional for your get-together.
It’s not called the Feast of Saint Patrick for nothing you know!
If you’re more of a baker, try mixing up some green cakes or desserts for the special occasion, you could even try making some green cocktails if you fancy it.
Ain’t much of a chef? Have a look at some Irish restaurants in your area serving up authentic cuisine to get a real taste of Ireland this Saint Patrick’s Day!
6. Learn About Irish Culture & History
St Patrick’s Day is unique in the fact that it’s celebrated worldwide and not just within Ireland, but how many of us actually know a lot about Irish history and culture?
If you are looking to celebrate, we’d say to get equipped on your knowledge of Ireland too.
Whether it’s reading books, watching documentaries, Irish films, or even reading articles online.
For those after a real cultural fix, visit an Irish museum or gallery.
It may be seen as more of a big party nowadays, but there’s so much history associated with this holiday, and of course there’s so much to learn about Irish culture too.
You could even plan a trip over to Ireland if you fancied it, we’re running over to check Sky-scanner as we speak for flights!
Here at PSL, we’re wishing you a pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day.
We hope our ultimate guide to the annual day has been useful how ever you’re celebrating.
With only a short while to go until the festivities kick off, don’t miss out!
Let us know how you’re celebrating Paddy’s this year, and show us your best green fits @prestigestudentliving.