How do you Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInDigg this

A pinch, a bowl of punch, parades, and a sea of green just to name a few traditions I found as I was looking into the different ways the world celebrates this holiday. It all started with a conversation in our office about St. Patrick’s Day traditions. We discovered that some people have traditions that others have never even heard of. I went in search of different Saint Patrick’s Day traditions and thought I would share a few.

A Pinch?

LeprechaunEver wonder why we get pinched if we don’t wear green on St. Patty’s Day? American folklore says that anyone wearing green became invisible to leprechauns. The leprechauns would sneak up on and pinch anyone who wasn’t wearing green because they weren’t invisible. People started doing the pinching as a reminder to put your green on. Growing up in my family my brothers were nice if I only got a pinch…it was usually a nice solid punch in the arm for not wearing green.

Speaking of Punch…

Would it really be a true Irish celebration without a pint or two (or 13 million) of Guinness? On an average day 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed; however on St. Patrick’s Day the number more than doubles to 13 million pints! Drinking some sort of stout is a common tradition in recognizing the holiday.  Bottoms up!
(Tafford would like to remind everyone to drink responsibly)


Up until the 16th century the holiday was a minor religious holiday celebrated mostly in Ireland. However in the early 1700’s parades began in America as a way for Irish immigrants to make a political statement. The Irish immigrants were not socially well regarded and therefore began holding St. Patrick’s Day parades with hopes to improve their social status as well as show their patriotism to their home country. One of our favorite parades to learn about was in Arkansas:

-In Hot Springs, Arkansas you’ll find the shortest (and best ever according to them) St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade route is on historical Bridge Street; a street that spans a whopping 98 feet long!!! The parade will be led by…get your real tree camo on… The Mountain Man from “Duck Dynasty” this year! He will be joined by the World’s Largest Leprechaun and Irish Elvis impersonators to name a few. Of course the parade is followed by festivities such as green beer, loud music, dancing in the street and it is said that they offer cash to the person who lay’s the best smooch on the Arkansas Blarney Stone.

Shamrocks and Leprechauns

Tafford_Shamrock_print_scrubShamrocks and Leprechauns go hand in hand with this holiday and have become widely known symbols of the holiday. Children and adults alike celebrate with decorations in these shapes.


The most popular and well known tradition is the color green. Although it is said that the original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue; it was changed to green and has been the color to symbolize the holiday for hundreds of years now. Besides it wouldn’t be as much fun to change the color of water to blue would it?

-The city of Chicago colors a portion of the Chicago River green on St. Patrick’s Day; this has been a tradition since 1962.green_river_chicago

-The fountain in front of the White House is turned green for a day.image001 copy

-Beverages, Foods, and many other things are colored green for the holiday as well. I myself color my kids pancake’s green for a festive breakfast.


Image by Kristin Ausk


Food is always part of any holiday and the traditional meal for St. Patrick’s day is corned beef and cabbage. Though the original Irish meal in Ireland was Irish bacon, cabbage, and potatoes it was changed to corned beef by the Irish American’s.

Many More!

We know we’ve missed some. Share your favorite St. Patrick’s Day tradition with all of us in the comments below.

From all of us here at Tafford – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!