Originally Irish, Saint Patrick’s Day has become associated with shamrocks and luck, and anything green and gold. But to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St Patrick’s Day is a day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
Celebrated on 17 March, in American cities with a large Irish population, St Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. It’s celebrated with parades, wearing of green, music, dancing, Irish food and drinks, and activities for kids such as crafts, colouring and games. Some cities such as Chicago go as far as dyeing rivers or streams green.
So why is it celebrated on 17 March? One theory is that 17 March is the day that St Patrick died. St Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on 17 March. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where 17 March is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
Regardless of the small number of the Irish community here, St Patrick’s Day has found its way to Qatar. Here’s where you can go and get a glimpse of Ireland’s most popular celebration.
City Centre Rotana Doha
Brunch at Olive Oil restaurant featuring traditional dishes.
16 March, 12:30 pm—4 pm
Price: QAR249 inclusive soft drinks & chilled juices, they also have a special brunch package at Zeituna Lebanese Restaurant QAR350 including shisha.
For more information and reservations, write to email@example.com or call +974 4445 8888.
16—17 March, 8 pm onwards at Paloma
Call 4484 4919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights: Celebrate the Emerald Isle this St. Patrick’s Day at Hudson Tavern. Grab a Guinness burger, a half yards and enjoy the Irish band playing jigs and reels. You’ll feel as if you’re sitting in Dublin.
For more information or for reservations, call 4045 5999 or email email@example.com.
Mövenpick Hotel Doha
Highlights: Enjoy one drink with fish and chips for only QAR99 per person. Irish in-house music. Happy hours all night with 25% discount on your total food and beverage bill. Discount not applicable to the above fish and chips promotion.
For more information call 4429 1111 or WhatsApp + 974 6692 6688.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
Highlights: Celebrate this traditional Irish festival at the Irish Harp with happy hours all night. Free entrance for all.
Friday, 16 March from 6 pm onwards
For more information and reservations, call 4485 4444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights: Gather your friends and family and enjoy some delicious dishes and beverages in celebration of the heritage of Ireland. Expect live music, games, kid’s activities and a memorable time with your loved ones.
During the event, make the most of Paddy’s Day by dressing up with your favourite green clothes and accessories to have the chance to win a special prize.
16 March 2018, 12:30 pm—4 pm, The St. Regis Doha Terrace
QAR350 soft beverages package or QAR450 enhanced beverages package
QAR175 for children (4 to 11 years old)
For reservations, click here.
Highlights: Bubbalicious Brunch every Friday. A fun weekend filled with Irish traditions and excitement with a bubbalicous twist.
Every Friday, 12:30 pm—4 pm
Delicious Package: QAR340 with soft beverages
Bubbalicious Package: QAR430 with selected house spirits and sparkling bubbles
Note: Entertainer Voucher and any company discounts are not applicable.
Double Irish Celebration at Mix Bar Spread the Irish spirit with live entertainment and enjoy the sounds of ‘The Music Vending Machine’ and selection of speciality drinks and Irish food corner, just the way you like it. We are painting the Mix Bar green as we celebrate all things Irish at the terrace this weekend.
For more information and reservations, write to email@example.com or call 3359 8514.
QAR410 per person including alcoholic beverages and QAR295 including selected non-alcoholic beverages.
16 March, Friday, noon—4 pm.