by:  Sean Ryan Donoghue:

What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to me? Who better to answer this question than myself! Being of 100% Irish decent, this question should be relatively easy to answer, no? Of course it is! When you think of St. Patrick’s Day you might think parades, parties, corned beef & cabbage and people in celebration while wearing clothing that makes the amassing public filled streets appear to resemble a sea of green.  Let us not forget the most important part: the beer! But what we truly celebrate on this day is St. Patrick himself, of course.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th; his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

To keep the real meaning of St. Patrick’s Day current; it is important to continue following great traditions that are a thousand years old. We, as a growing and vastly changing society, tend to put a spin on such traditions: in a good way of course.  This is a day when you can get together with your family and friends and go out and have a good time, share stories and laughs and chow down on incredibly great traditional Irish meals such as: Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Fish and Chips and, of course, Bangers and Mash. Follow a meal like that up with a traditional St. Patrick’s Day beer like Guinness and you’re in great shape! Follow your meal up with an Irish Coffee, Car Bombs or my favorite: the Nutty Irishman.

Where else can you get a meal and drink like that, our very own Yankee Doodle Tap Room (click here for our St. Patrick’s Day Specials).

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room isn’t known to be an Irish Bar but you get the feeling as it resembles one. When you walk in you’re instantly hit with a warm feeling of comfort that our traditional pub atmosphere has given to its patrons for years. With oak wood dating back to more than 100 years, a warm fireplace, paintings and photos embracing past history, this pub will enhance your St. Patrick’s Day celebration to its fullest. It will truly make you feel like you are right at home.

If you aren’t going to be spending time at the parade or at your friends and families home, come and join us in downtown Princeton at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration you’ll want to remember.


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