As the Irish celebrated the St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2021, the Punjabi diaspora in the region made sure to mark the day even more wholesome by giving a desi twist to the Irish festival. In a video shared by a Celbridge-based Bhangra groupcalled Shamrock Bhangra, three traditional dancers are seen dressed in their ethnic attire. The video shows the group performing on a unique blend of traditional Bhangra dhol beats and Irish uilleann pipes.
According to a news report by RTE News, the group included Gurpreet Singh, Charnjit Singh and Kanwar Singh who performed the Bhangra choreographed in socially distanced routine to music by Irish band called Jiggy and the UK-based The Dhol Foundation, which is a bhangra musical group.
The trio is seen in colourful traditional outfits of black orange, blue, and yellow, as they performed the routine outside Celbridge’s Castletown House in Co Kildare.
The RTE news report also quoted the Bhangra group who said that their goal is to spread the unique dance culture to a wider audience and provide a platform to their growing community in Ireland. The Bhangra group said that they perform the dance routines for their kids to stay connected to their roots.
On Twitter, the video has garnered over 594.6k views since it was shared on Wednesday as viewers commented with their reactions. One of the comments read how this is a perfect blend of two different genres of music they love,while another user commented that the video made them really happy and now they need to see a Bhangra dancer every day.
Suggesting them another genre, she wrote, “How about Polka music next?” One user wondered how Bhangra dancers are always so wholesome and good, just like a super cool dance to make your day better.
A group of Bhangra dancers in Ireland have given the traditional Punjabi dance an Irish twist, to celebrate their two cultures on St Patrick's Day | https://t.co/4hI4MQqXyd pic.twitter.com/dO0OqOkJgM— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 17, 2021
This makes me so happy! I need to see a Bhangra dancer every day! How about Polka music next? 😊— Kristy Pritchard (@KristyPritchar1) March 18, 2021
Why are Bhangra dancers always so wholesome and good? Just like hey I got a super cool dance to make your day better.— Virginia Gentlenerd (@VaGentlenerd) March 18, 2021
St. Patrick’s Day is a religious celebration of Ireland that started in the 17th century to commemorate the life of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Also known as the “Feast Day”, the occasion took place on the anniversary of St. Patrick's death, which was on March 17, 461AD.