Though frequently associated with Guinness, “Kiss me, I’m Irish” tee shirts, and men in green top hats, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday held in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. It celebrates the arrival of Christianity to the Emerald Isle as well as Irish culture, traditions, and heritage. While the largest St. Paddy’s Day festival is held in Boston, for those who will not be traveling there in time for March 17th, here’s how you can celebrate instead:
Places for the party
Most cities and towns have their fair share of Irish themed bars and restaurants that will be packed to the nines on St. Patrick’s Day, so ask around or search on your phone for a local pub you can hit up for a pint or two. If you’re struggling to find a DD for the night, you can always play host and invite your friends over to drink green beer and listen to bands like Flogging Molly, The Cranberries, and Dropkick Murphys.
Drinking & eating like an Irishman
Some warn to steer clear of the green beer on this holiday, so if you’re not taking your chances, you can always try a few other things like Jameson Irish whisky, Magners Original Irish (Bulmer’s cider), or Bailey’s Irish Cream. For some good hearty Irish eats, there’s the traditional bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew, pub pasties, and of course – potatoes (in any form).
Unless you’re perfectly fine getting pinched, channel your inner Irish spirit with the “wearing of the green”. From emerald colored shoes to Shamrock shirts, there are a million ways to wear green on this day. If you choose to go against the grain on the 17th, expect some sharp nips and squeezing from coworkers and friends – you’ve been warned.
Not just for adults
Contrary to what some may think, this holiday includes plenty of fun for the whole family and doesn’t have to involve alcohol. You can visit your downtown for the St. Paddy’s Day parade and participate in kid-friendly festivities. You can also take to baking and decorate cupcakes with green frosting, cut sugar cookies into shamrock shapes, or make lucky charm infused rice krispie treats. To make a green drink for the kids, combing a carton of lime sherbet and 2 liter bottle of ginger ale.
After a night of green beer and boozy shamrock shakes, your lack of luck might manifest itself in the form of a throbbing headache. If you didn’t plan for the day-after with PTO, you can always try the “my pet is really sick and I need to take them to the vet” excuse or “I ate something questionable at dinner last night and body is reacting poorly”. Yes, your boss may call shenanigans, but hey at least you tried, right?
How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the comments!