Who doesn’t love a good Saint Patrick’s day celebration? Even if you decide to spend the holiday indoors this year, because there’s a pandemic sweeping our entire country, here are some ways to celebrate accordingly.
According to folklore, you wear green on Saint Patrick’s day because that makes you visible to leprechauns who pinch those not donning their favorite color for the holiday. So the easiest way to celebrate at home is to wear green!
Drink Green Beer
Although the holiday was originally celebrated in Ireland to honor St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, the holiday is now celebrated internationally by drinking green beer and going to parades to celebrate the Irish culture. So, you can celebrate by making your own green beer at home! It’s as simple as adding a few drops of green food coloring to your light beer of choice. Or you can just drink a Guiness, Ireland’s most well-known beer.
Drink an Irish Cocktail
Not a beer fan? Here are two of our favorite Irish cocktails.
1.5 oz Midori Liqueur
1 oz Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
.5 oz Irish Crème
Shake and strain over ice and garnish with whipped cream and fresh mint leaves.
1.5 oz of your Irish Whiskey of choice
Add maple syrup, brown sugar, or sugar for some added sweetness and top with whipped cream.
Eat Irish Food
If you’re going to drink like the Irish, you should eat like them too! The Irish loved their potatoes, and they tend to be the main ingredient of all Irish dishes.
Irish Stew is as traditional as it comes. There are hundreds of recipes out there, but the main ingredients for all stews are lamb (or beef), potatoes, carrots, and onions. Throw it in the crockpot, and you’ve got yourself a delicious and traditional Irish meal.
If you’ve got picky little ones at home. You can make most of their favorite snacks green with a little food coloring. Green mashed potatoes, milkshakes, cupcakes, rice krispy treats, and the list keeps going!
Spending the holiday in with little ones? Here are some activities you can do around the house.
Pot o’ Gold Treasure Hunt
Send your little ones on a treasure hunt around the house for hidden chocolate candy coins. Don’t want to hype the kids up on sugar? Use baby potatoes.
Saint Patricks Coloring Page
Do a quick google search for coloring pages, and print a few off for the kids to color with their favorite green marker, crayon, water colors, or colored pencil!
Listen to Irish Music and Dance
You can also spend the day listening to traditional Irish music. The Irish are known for their folk music and traditional Irish dancing, so spend the evening with the kids listening to Irish music and practicing your best Irish dance moves.
Here are some fun facts to know before celebrating the holiday on Tuesday.
- Shamrocks are the national flower and emblem of Ireland.
- Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
- The color of Saint Patrick’s Day was blue.
- The first Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in the US was held in Boston in 1737.
- Saint Patrick was actually British!
- The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day parade has been held since 1762
There you have it, six ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at home! Enjoy the holiday and may the luck of the Irish be with you.