St. Patrick's Day and What the O'bamas Do to Celebrate

PHOTO: Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama sip Guinness at a pub as they visit Moneygall village in rural County Offaly, Ireland, where his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney hailed from, May 23, 2011.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama sip Guinness at a pub as they visit Moneygall village in rural County Offaly, Ireland, where his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney hailed from, May 23, 2011.

The White House is quite festive when it comes to holidays, decking the halls for Christmas, hosting the traditional Easter egg hunts and turning spooky for Halloween.

Today it’s St. Patrick’s Day, or St. Paddy’s Day, that the O'bamas are doing a jig for and going green. Here are seven (lucky) ways the first family is celebrating the Irish holiday and how they have in the past, including old presidential traditions and new ones they have introduced.

Host the Irish Prime Minister

It’s a tradition that the two leaders spend this holiday together, and for the fifth time since elected in 2011, Irish PM Enda Kenny will travel to the White House on St. Patrick’s Day. Another tradition that dates back to Truman’s presidency is the Shamrock Ceremony: The Irish prime minister gives the U.S. president a bowl of shamrocks as a gift.

PHOTO: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny presents a bowl of shamrock to President Barack during a St. Patricks Day reception in the East Room at the White House in Washington, March 19, 2013.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny presents a bowl of shamrock to President Barack during a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room at the White House in Washington, March 19, 2013.

Dye the White House Fountain Green

The Obamas decided to add their own touch to the White House St. Paddy’s Day traditions. Inspired by Obama’s state where he served as senator, Illinois, Michelle Obama requested for the first time in 2009 the White House fountain be dyed green similar to Chicago’s dying its river green.

The fountain on the South Lawn of the White House was dyed green at 5 a.m. this morning.

PHOTO: Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of St. Patricks Day, March 17, 2012, in Washington.Joshua Roberts/Getty Images
Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2012, in Washington.

Have a Beer

It’s unknown whether Obama will enjoy a pint of Ireland’s most famous stout, but in 2012, the president, who has Irish roots on his mother’s side, enjoyed a Guinness at a Washington pub called the Dubliner surrounded by a lively crowd.

The White House is also known to brew its own beer, serving the honey ale to guests on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011.

Traditional Irish food

To go with the beer, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without some traditional Irish food. This year's menu of what the White House is serving will be released later today.

One year the White House went as far as serving green champagne to its guests at the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day reception.

PHOTO: Glasses of green champagne are carried by a waiter during the annual St. Patricks Day reception in the East Room of the White House, March 17, 2009, in Washington.Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images
Glasses of green champagne are carried by a waiter during the annual St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House, March 17, 2009, in Washington.

Wear Green

Every year people around the globe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day decked out in green, including the Obamas. The president sports a green tie every year as part of a political tradition for male politicians.

And Michelle Obama has gone all out in past years on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether it’s her green boots or green dresses or her green eye shadow and earrings, the first lady always lives up to her stature as a fashion icon.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington as they host a St. Patricks Day reception, March 17, 2009.Charles Dharapak/AP Photo
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington as they host a St. Patrick's Day reception, March 17, 2009.

Turn the East Room Green

The White House St. Patrick’s Day reception takes place at the East Room every year. On top of green attires, shamrocks and green champagnes, the room is immersed in a soft green light as the final touch.

PHOTO: The East Room of the White House is bathed in green light at a St. Patricks Day reception hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, March 17, 2009.Charles Dharapak/AP Photo
The East Room of the White House is bathed in green light at a St. Patrick's Day reception hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, March 17, 2009.

Listen to Irish Music

The festivities of the White House St. Patrick’s reception is often accompanied by live Irish music performances. There have been a series of musicians and singers in the past years, including The MollyHawks, a Washington D.C., based duo who performed at the White House in 2012 and Irish singer Glen Hansard, who performed the year before.

PHOTO: Glen Hansard performs before the president arrived, singing Irish songs during a St. Patricks Day reception in the East Room of the White House, March 17, 2011, in Washington.Olivier Douliery/Getty Images
Glen Hansard performs before the president arrived, singing Irish songs during a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House, March 17, 2011, in Washington.

The morning of St. Patrick's Day in 2009, Chicago’s Shannon Rovers, a Irish bagpipes group, played the bagpipes in front of the White House before their performance at the St. Patrick’s reception later that night. This was the first time the group has been invited to play at the White House.

PHOTO: Bill McTighe of Chicago, plays the bagpipes with the Shannon Rovers in front of The White House in Washington, March 17, 2009.Alex Brandon/AP Photo
Bill McTighe of Chicago, plays the bagpipes with the Shannon Rovers in front of The White House in Washington, March 17, 2009.