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:

St. Patrick’s Week

Celebrate this traditional Irish festival with Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park and enjoy a selection of special drinks and sips, just the way you like it. They are painting the town green this St. Patrick’s week. Your favourite Irish stews and brews are available all week long at Misturado.

Date: 16 – 21 March 2015

Time: 12:30 pm daily

Location: Misturado, Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

For more information or reservations, call 4408 7788.

St. Patrick’s Week at Champions

Spread the Irish spirit for six days straight with live entertainment including the well-known Irish band, Shamrog, return to Doha. Look forward to Irish food, plenty of hop and Shamrocks galore.

Date: 12 – 17 March 2015

Time: 5 pm – 1 am

Location: Champions Sports Bar, Level 2, Marriot Marquis City Center Doha

QR60 entry fee applicable on select days inclusive of one free drink.

For more information, call 4419 6100.

St. Patricks Day Ball 2015 – Qatar Irish Society

The Qatar Irish Society holds the annual St Patrick’s Day Ball. Tickets are now on sale for the St. Patrick’s Day Gala Ball 2015. Enjoy a four-course dinner and music by Irish band, Sway Social.

Date: 12 March 2015

Time: 7 pm

Location: Al Silia Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel

Tickets are QR600, which includes drinks. Must be paid for in cash, in advance and are non transferrable and non refundable. Price includes all beverages and taxi home.

Note: Attendees must be over 21 years and have valid ID or passport with them. Ticket holders who do not meet the legal requirement will not be admitted. If no meal is selected, no guarantees can be given as to availability of any particular dish on the night. The dress code is strictly evening wear (BLACK TIE) Ticket holders will not be admitted if improperly dressed. Choice of main course to be selected BEEF/FISH/VEGETARIAN B/F/V

For more information or to book tickets, complete the St Patricks Day Gala Booking form 2015 by requesting the number of tickets and choice of starter and main course. Return by email to [email protected].

St. Patrick’s Day at Irish Harp

It’s time for celebration in Irish Harp! Join Irish Harp on 16 March and 17 March 2015, starting from 5 pm and dance the night away with their live band.

Date: 16 March and 17 March 2015

Time: 5 pm

Location: Irish Harp, Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

St Patrick’s Day – Irish Qatari Business Council

It’s that time of year again and following up on the past two years very successful Saint Patrick’s Day networking events at the Hilton, the Irish Qatari Business Council announced this years event will be at the Hilton again.

Date: 17 March 2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: High Heels Bar, Hilton Hotel Doha

Entry is at QR80 per person for lots of delicious finger food, soft drinks and happy hour prices at the bar.

Mark it in your diaries and RSVP here.

St Patrick’s Day at Admirals Club

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ‎at Admirals club and be part of the festive atmosphere. Several bands will perform during the night.

Date: 17 March 2015

Time: 5 pm – 1 am

Location: Admiral’s Club (Upper Floor), The Ritz-Carlton Doha Hotel

For more information, contact 4484 8663 or email [email protected].

Go green!

Originally, the colour associated with St Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with St Patrick’s day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. In Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

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