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:

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O’Glacée Poolside Restaurant Spread the Luck at O’Glacée Poolside Restaurant. Enjoy special Hops Buckets at QAR149 and a selection of special St. Patrick’s Cocktails.

Infinity Celebrate the Luck of St. Patrick’s Day at Infinity for a special evening with stunning views. Enjoy two hours of free flow of hops & grapes at QAR199 or Premium Package at QAR249.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 6 pm to 11 pm

Call 4009 9666, WhatsApp 3075 8211, [email protected] for more information or reservations.

Mondrian Doha


Elevate your Paddy’s Day with selected Irish beverages at discounted prices at Hudson Tavern

17 March

For more information or for reservations, call 4045 5999 or email [email protected]

The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa

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Bubbalicious Goes Green! Be part of a vibrant Bubbalicious Brunch, this time with an exclusive celebration!

Friday, 19 March from 12:30 pm to 4 pm

QAR360 for soft beverage package per person

QAR480 for enhanced package per person

Marriott Bonvoy Discount 20% applicable

Call 3359 8514, 4492 1600

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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