“Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit”
St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day has a knack for bringing out the Irish in everyone. Whether it’s in your nearby local pub or simply donning green to ring in the occasion, this auspicious day has become a ubiquitous fixture for all – Irish heritage notwithstanding. Every year on 17th of March, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the globe. But, no one celebrates this as hard as an Irish does!
Yes…It is that time of the year where you see green wherever you look and even green beers. It is again that time of the year when the Chicago lake turns green and people march on the roads with bagpipes and leprechaun hats while dancing all along the way. Well, you don’t need to be exactly in Ireland to experience this wonderful gathering. In the U.S, we have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to its full glory since 1762. This publish is all about St. Patrick’s Day celebration and the ways with which you can celebrate this day to the fullest.
Here are 10 best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2018….
1. Go Green
St. Patrick’s Day is all about the color ‘green’. Green is one of the boldest colors in the fashion industry and this is why exactly people love to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. Keeping aside the fact that shamrocks are also green in color, this holiday is all about enjoying the enjoying the freedom in going as subtle or as wild as you like.
So, search your wardrobe and pull out that funky green dress you’ve hidden under the pile of other dresses and wear it to save yourself from the “leprechaun pinches”.
2. The Irish Makeover
Give yourself a ‘grand’ makeover for the St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks or three-leaved cloverleaf is the pivot symbol of the holiday. So, make use of this to show the fun side of your fashion. Buttons, brooch pins, necklaces, bracelets, charms, rings, and much more…will definitely pop out from the rest as long as they have shamrock designs on them. Having something on you with shamrocks are the subtle way of showing your support towards the holiday and a whole community.
To get on with another level; color your hair green or red or wear a wig of the ‘leprechaun’. Make sure the hair dye you are planning to use is non-toxic to avoid any medical situations.
3. Take Part In A Para
Parades are one among the many attractions you can see on this holiday. The streets of New York, California, Georgia and much more will be brimmed with people in green. Taking part in these Paddy Day parades might be the best thing you can do as a supporter of the holiday and the Irish community. You would be amused to find how crazy the parade can get. It is both rich in culture and sovereignty. The unity and proud of being an Irish will blow your mind away. Irish slogans and chants steal the entire show. Make sure you get some balloons before you head out into the parades.
There won’t be a better option other than taking part in a parade to enjoy this St. Paddy’s Day.
4. Eat Like Irish
Potatoes are about as Irish as you can get and are one among the staples of the Irish diet. So, if you are planning to enjoy a full-fleshed St. Patrick’s Day, feasting on the staple foods from the Irish might be a great idea. Corned beef and cabbages are some of the favorites when it comes down to St. Paddy’s feast. Irish are a big fan of dishes with lambs. So, a lamb stew with potatoes along with some Irish soda bread might be the best pick for the day.
Some of the staple foods include bangers and mash, colcannon and Shepherd’s Pie. If you can get your hands on some pink bacon or some savory roast chicken, consider yourself one with among the clan.
5. Drink Like Irish
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the few holidays known for record sales of alcohol. So, most of the bars and pubs love the holiday. This is the best time to enjoy a glass of black ale or some of the Irish special ‘Guinness’ black lager. This day you’ll have a chance to all the alcoholic delicacies in the world. With ‘green beers’(just food color) taking over the market whiskey and other hot drinks are forced to be the ‘boilermaker’ or ‘bomb shots’.
You can try some of the exotic drinks like Irish coffee, which is basically whiskey along with sugar and thick cream. Another one is called an ‘Irish Car Bomb’. Well, the name suits it too… It is a half-pint of Guinness with a shot mixed of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Irish Whiskey dropped in the beer. Sounds daunting right!!!
6. Learn To Talk Like Irish
We don’t expect your Irish genes to dominate overnight so that you speak Gaelic fluently. But, learning a few words that Irish people use is worth a shot. Ask your Irish friends or surf the internet to get you in a comfortable position before St. Patrick’s Day. “What’s the Craic?” This might be one of the most used phrases by an Irish. You can rely on this by saying “ nothing much pal, just enjoying my glass of stout!”
7. Dance Like Irish
Since, you ate like an Irish, drank like and Irish and learned to talk like an Irish, all you need now is to dance like an Irish. Irish dancing is well-known for its uniqueness all over the world. Learn some Irish moves from your friends or attend a few coaching classes. These will not only grab others attention but will also burn some extra calories.
Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day to the fullest lost in the music and dancing to the rhythm.
St. Patrick’s Day is not all about the food, parades and abundant drinkings. It’s all about showing your appreciation and acceptance as an Irish. So, before hitting down the streets learn a few things about the Irish traditions and history. You can use these knowledge gain to start up a conversation or even amuse your friends. You can steal the show by some questions like: “Do you know why there are no snakes in Ireland?” or “Do you know St. Patrick was once brought to Ireland as a slave?”.
We wish you a ‘grand’ St. Patrick Day wishes!!! “ Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! ”