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St. Patricks Day Celebrations, Customs & Toasts

Updated on October 8, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

The Luck of the Irish to ya!

May you live all the days of your life.

~Jonathan Swift

I love the above quote.

It is a simple statement of how the Irish seem to live their lives to the rest of the world, to the fullest!

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world.

Let's explore together some of the Irish traditions, different types of Saint Patricks celebrations and who can forget those warm Irish toasts!

To Ireland:

"Here's to the land of the shamrock so green,

Here's to each lad and his darlin colleen,

Here's to the ones we love dearest and most.

May God bless old Ireland, that's this Irishman's toast!"

Kissing the Blarney Stone - Just what is a Blarney Stone?

The Blarney Stone (Irish: Cloch na Blarnan) is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.

The word blarney has come to mean "clever, flattering, or coaxing talk".


Photo credit: Brian Rosner

Cook time: 9 hours
Ready in: 9 hours
Yields: 4


  • 2 stalks celery
  • halved
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • cut in 4 wedges
  • 4 to 6 red potatoes
  • quarter ed
  • One 4-pound corned beef brisket
  • 12 -ounce bottle stout or dark ale
  • 1 tablespoon corned beef spices or pickling spices (or spices that come with the brisket)
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • cut into 6 wedges


  1. For serving: grainy mustard and horseradish sauce, recipe below
  2. Place celery, carrots, onion and potatoes in the bottom of a large slow-cooker or crock pot. Rinse the corned beef brisket and place over vegetables. Add the bottle of stout, spices and enough water to just cover the meat. Cover and cook on LOW for eight to nine hours.
  3. Remove the meat and vegetables from the pot and cover with foil to keep warm. Increase heat to high and cook cabbage until softened but still crispy, 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Slice brisket across the grain, serve with vegetables, mustard and horseradish sauce. Pass extra cooking liquid at the table.
  5. Creamy Horseradish Sauce:
  6. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  7. 1/4 cup sour cream
  8. 1/4 cup drained prepared horseradish
  9. dash hot sauce
  10. salt and pepper to tast
  11. Whip cream to soft peaks and then fold in sour cream and horseradish, to taste. Season with salt, pepper and a dash of hot sauce.
Cast your vote for Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Fun things to do for St. Patricks Day

  1. Go see a Parade
  2. Wear Green
  3. Drink Green Beer
  4. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  5. Find a pot of Gold and catch the Leprechaun!
  6. Eat some Corn Beef and Cabbage
  7. Spend the day with Family and Friends
  8. Practice your Irish Accent and give a toast

Mug of Green St Patrick's Day Beer by Leprechaun Hat~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In the United States we think of the following Traditions on St. Patricks Day, which by the way is on March 17th, which is St. Patricks birthday.

Wearing green

You must of course wear the traditional green on St. Patricks day, or those mischievious people will think they can freely pinch you!

St. Patricks day Parades.

If your wondering if there is a parade near you, check out the following:

St. Patricks day parades in the US.

BDrinking Green Beer, talking with an Irish accent as you toast your friends, and eating corn beef and cabbage at your local Pub is one way many adults spend time celebrating St. Patricks day./p">

There was an Old Man with a beard,

Who said, 'It is just as I feared!

Two Owls and a Hen,

Four Larks and a Wren,

Have all built their nests in my beard!'

~by Edward Lear from A Book of Nonsense

To Luck:

"May the luck of the Irish

Lead to happiest heights

And the highway you travel

Be lined with green lights.

Wherever you go and whatever you do,

May the luck of the Irish be there with you."

How do they celebrate in Canada - With parades of course

Wood Sorrel Shamrock

St. Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity's most widely known figures.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death. For centuries, the Irish have observed this day.

The Montreal St. Patrick's Parade has run consecutively since 1824 and has been organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1928.

Each year in March, the citizens of Montreal and visitors are invited to enjoy this celebration of St. Patrick, the Irish community and the welcoming of Spring. This giant replica of St. Patrick at the onset of the parade lets everyone know that the celebration has begun and the Grand Marshal who leads the three hour presentation of floats, bands, community and cultural groups follows him.

The Irish welcome you to join in this celebration.

Irish Toast

"May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!"

St. Patrick's Day, Erin Go Bragh, Leprechaun
St. Patrick's Day, Erin Go Bragh, Leprechaun

To Luck

"May you have all the happiness

and luck that life can hold-

And at the end of all your rainbows

may you find a pot of gold."

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Thank you for visiting

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    • Scraps2treasures profile image

      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day! I enjoyed the picture of the Blarney Stone. I knew you had to hang upside down to kiss it but had never seen any pictures of it.

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      Very Nice Lens. :)

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      agent009 6 years ago

      Good primer for those who want to learn more about the history of the celebration. I'll definitely be drinking green beer then.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      A very beautiful and stylish lens, as always. Have a wonderful St. Patrick's day!

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Very nice lens about St. Patrick's Day!

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful St Patrick's Day lens Linda. I like that intro quote too. It is so simple yet so powerful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow .. So wonderful St. Patrick's day lens .. dear lovely Linda. I really love all you've presented here :) Thank you so much for sharing. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful times .. dear lady Linda ;)