On St. Patrick's Day, it seems like everyone suddenly claims to be at least a little Irish. But everyone celebrates this boisterous holiday differently. It's not all green beer and cocktails. Irish tradition dictates certain foods that are typically served on the holiday, for instance. Other countries host rowdy, unique celebrations of their own.
No matter how you celebrate, this is a holiday you don't want to miss. But with all the excitement around springtime and the rush of warmer weather, you might forget the day is coming; the holiday of drinking and dancing could easily sneak up on you.
Every year, St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17. This is because March 17 is the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. This year, though, everyone got a little extra lucky: St. Patrick's Day is falling on a Saturday in 2018. So as spring rolls around, it's time to start planning.
But fret not. The Daily Meal has all the resources you need to host or attend whatever festivities you desire.
If you're looking for a more traditional celebration of St. Patty's Day, learn to cook a few of the most traditional Irish dishes served on the holiday. Use a few of these specially crafted recipes to eat like a true Irishman. And for dessert, serve a delectable sweet treat or two to your eager guests using these simple recipes.
To cook something a little more wacky and fun, read up on some of the craziest foods that have ever been dyed green. Make some adorable treats using Lucky Charm's cereal; these recipes look so good, they're the only treat you'll want to find at the end of the rainbow. Not everything from your feast has to be indulgent, though. Leafy greens can be used in some festive recipes to contribute to your healthy, happy St. Patty's Day.
Of course, you can't forget about the most raved about part of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, historically: Alcohol. If you're over 21, there's a good chance your partying is going to involve some booze, dyed green or not. Diversify your drink menu with some Irish beers that aren't Guinness (though Guinness might be the healthiest choice). Live it up at one of America's best Irish pubs. Above all, though, be safe this holiday. Protect your liver with these 4 simple tactics and order some hearty, delicious Irish food to soak up all the booze.
From drink recommendations to hosting guides, we've got you covered. Find all this and more on The Daily Meal's St. Patrick's Day page.