Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Those of you who relate it to only drinks, good food, dance and a whole lot of green should know that this day is much more. Here you can know everything about Saint Patrick’s Day: What is it and how to celebrate. Keep scrolling for more.
What is Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated to honor Saint Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland’s death anniversary. It is believed that he brought back hope to Ireland and converted Pagans to Christianity. His name is associated with many legends, one of them being that he drove the snakes from Ireland. Another is that he used Shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. He is also credited with establishing many churches, schools, and monasteries. Ireland has been celebrating Saint Patrick for a couple of years now.
As America is home to loads of Irish people (there are more people of Irish descent in the US than Ireland itself), Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm. Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural icon and celebrated by Irish and non-Irish alike across the world.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in 1737 in Boston. Then in 1762, the next parade was held in New York. The cultural icon was also recognized by Chicago as it has colored its river green to mark the holiday. The NYC St. Patrick’s Parade has happened more than 250 times, and more than 40 pounds of dye is needed to color the river green in Chicago.
How People Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and How Should You Do It Too
People celebrate this important day by wearing green. They either opt for a shamrock, or they wear a clothing item in green color.
People also have green colored vegetables like cabbage and corned beef. They also dye the beer green to celebrate the occasion.
Be a Part of a Parade
Parades are commonly organized by people who celebrate this festival. Most amazing parades are organized in New York or Chicago. Many parade directories can guide you on the best parades and events organized around you.
Get a Drink
There are more than 1500 Irish pubs in the USA. Visiting one of these pubs on St. Patrick’s Day and picking a good one among great Irish whiskeys or having Guinness while enjoying live music is another way to celebrate this special day.
Adding a drop of green food coloring to beer is another way to celebrate this day. If you want to try it, make sure you opt for a lighter colored beer as it will look greener.
Irish toasts are another common way to celebrate this occasion. The toasts include everything from rhymes to blessings and limericks.
Have Good Food
Having Shepherd’s pie is another way to celebrate this occasion. It is made with beef, vegetables and some mashed potatoes are added on top. Some other dishes worth trying are colcannon, Dublin Coddle, and Irish Boxty.
Listen to Music
Listening to Irish music should also be a part of the celebrations. Some options are The Fields of Athenry, Finnegan’s Wake, Skibbereen, The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, U2, The Wolf Tones, Van Morrison, The Pogues, and The Cranberries.
St. Patrick’s Day can also be celebrated quietly and within the comfort of your home by watching movies that are rooted or set in the Emerald Isle. Some options are The Quiet Man, The Commitments and The wind that Shakes the Barley.
Another quiet way to celebrate the occasion is to indulge in some Irish literature or poetry. Some authors you will love are James Joyce and Bram Stoker.
Sports lovers can celebrate this day by watching two sports that are unique to Ireland, Gaelic football and Gaelic hurling.
People who belong to Ireland and the Irish descendants have played a key role in helping build America. So, St. Patrick’s Day can serve as a reminder of the contributions. On this day, one can remember how Irish helped to build canals, railroads, cities, infrastructure and much more.
Do you know of another special way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If so, feel free to share it with us by commenting below!