and Melania receive traditional shamrock bowl from Irish Prime Minister

First Lady Melania and President Donald have participated in a traditional ceremony with the Irish Prime Minister to mark St. Patrick's Day, receiving a bowl of shamrock from the Irish leader. 

Taoiseach Leo Vadakar, as the Irish premier is properly titled, attended the ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Thursday evening.

The tradition dates back to 1952, when Irish Ambassador John Joseph Hearne delivered a box of shamrocks to Harry Truman's White House on the feast day of Ireland's patron saint, which this year falls on Sunday.

The bowl presented to was made at Kilkenny Crystal in Callan, the home town of Irish-American architect James Hoban.

President Donald J. Trump and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar participate in the Shamrock Bowl Presentation in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday

President Donald J. and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar participate in the Shamrock Bowl Presentation in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday

Trump was flanked by First Lady Melania and Vice President Mike Pence for the ceremony, which dates back to 1952

was flanked by First Lady Melania and Vice President Mike Pence for the ceremony, which dates back to 1952

The bowl presented to Trump was made at Kilkenny Crystal in Callan, the home town of Irish-American architect James Hoban, who designed both the White House and Ireland's house of parliament, Leinster House

The bowl presented to was made at Kilkenny Crystal in Callan, the home town of Irish-American architect James Hoban, who designed both the White House and Ireland's house of parliament, Leinster House

Hoban designed both Leinster House in Dublin, the seat of the Irish parliament, and the White House.

, who was joined on stage by Vice President Mike Pence, said that millions of Americans across the country celebrate the 'inspiring' Irish people on St Patrick's Day.

He also welcomed the Taoiseach's boyfriend Matt Barrett, who also attended the event.

Vadakar made history as Ireland's first gay prime minister, as well as the first of Indian descent. 

Trump delivers remarks as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland, First Lady Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence look on

delivers remarks as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland, First Lady Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence look on

In his remarks, Trump said that millions across the US celebrate the 'inspiring' Irish people on St Patrick's Day

In his remarks,  said that millions across the US celebrate the 'inspiring' Irish people on St Patrick's Day

Trump also called the Irish 'brutal enemies' adding 'You don't want to fight with the Irish, it's too tough, it's too bloody'

also called the Irish 'brutal enemies' adding 'You don't want to fight with the Irish, it's too tough, it's too bloody'

said: 'I know many Irish people

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