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.
St Patrick’s Day, which falls on 17 March, 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
Olive Oil will celebrate 15 March with a special 5-star brunch. Enjoy live cooking stations with a large selection of appetisers, main courses, grilled meat and fresh salads. Join us for a blissful Brunch Day celebration that will fill all your heart’s desire.
An unforgettable experience for the whole family with 50% discount for kids from 6–12 years old
Friday, 15 March from 12:30 pm–4 pm
QAR249 including soft beverages
Add QAR180 for special beverage package
Add QAR230 for house spirits
Boston’s The High Holiday Season approaches and there is no better place to celebrate it than Boston’s. Join for a week of Saint Patrick’s celebration. Grab a Guinness burger, Irish fish sliders & mini Irish burgers. You will feel like you are sitting in Dublin.
11–17 March, QAR110
Boston’s on 17 March Gather your friends and family and enjoy some delicious dishes and beverages in celebration of the heritage of Ireland.
For more information and reservations, call +974 4445 8888 or e-mail to [email protected]
Come and make friends with The Enemies.
Join the Santa Monica Breakfast Club on Wednesday 13 March for an exclusive live performance. The Enemies are an exciting and energetic band from the east coast of Ireland who have built a loyal following and performed at thousands of shows all over the world.
* Free entry
* Outdoor seating available
* Happy Hour from 4 pm-8 pm
* Irish Beverages
* Special Food Menu
Call 4448 1240 to reserve your front row seat to see the Enemies up close and personal!
More details here.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
You do not need a drop of Irish blood in your veins to celebrate the wearin’ of the green. When it comes to St Patrick’s Day, everyone is a little Irish. Celebrate this traditional Irish Festival at Irish Harp with happy hour all night!
17 March, 5 pm–2 am, Free entry
QAR135 special combo package: 1 Irish special + 1 standard beverage
For reservations or more details, call 974 4485 3000 or email F&[email protected]
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
Mix Bar, Lounge and Terrace Enjoy a live band performance on 14 and 15 March at Mix Bar, Lounge and Terrace
Bubbalicious Goes Irish Be part of the stylish, funky, and more vibrant Bubbalicious brunch, this time with an exclusive celebration for St. Patrick’s Day!
Friday, 15 March, 12:30 pm–4 pm at Seasonal Tastes
QAR360 Soft Beverages
QAR480 with Enhanced Beverages
(Kids from 6-11 will be entitled for 50% off, Kids under 5 dine for free)
For more information and reservations, email [email protected] or call 3359 8514.
Important Note: Rates subject to change. Please check with the hotel before you confirm your reservation. Bon appetite!
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