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 the 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:

The Ritz-Carlton Doha

The Admirals Club

Dig up your shamrocks and green hats! Live entertainment will accompany the traditional Irish food fair and just as traditional beverages.

Date: Saturday 16 March 2013

Time: noon – 4 pm

Location: Admiral’s Club, The Ritz-Carlton Doha

For more information or reservations, call 4484 8663!

The St. Regis Doha

199105_502770213120845_858669527_nCelebrate St Patrick’s Day in Vine restaurant and join Dublin born Executive Chef Brendan McGowan in an Emerald Isle inspired celebration dinner!

Date: Sunday 17 March 2013

Time: 8 pm

Location: Vine restaurant, St. Regis Doha

For more information or reservations, call 4498 0586!

Oryx Rotana

St. PatrickEnjoy traditional Irish dishes paired with Irish beverages and lively atmosphere as the Jazz Club goes Irish!

Date: Sunday 17 March 2013

Time: 6 pm – 2 am

Location: Jazz Club, Oryx Rotana

For more information or reservations, call 4402 3333 or email [email protected]!

Irish Qatari Business Council

St Patrick's Day

The Irish Qatari Business Council (IQBC) in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar is delighted to invite you to a very special business networking event to be held on the auspicious occasion of St Patrick’s Day.

Date: Sunday 17 March 2013

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Safina Terrace, Hilton Doha

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and finger food for QR 50 per person.

For more information and to RSVP, go to IQBC’s website!