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Have Fun on St. Patrick's Day
Have Fun on St. Patrick's Day

Fun Ways You Can Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Find your inner Irish-I found this article in the Kool Chevrolet Monthly Newsletter; great article on celebrating this specal day.


St. Patrick’s Day, otherwise known as “St. Paddy’s Day,” is celebrated each year on March 17 to commemorate the death of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Whether of Irish descent or not, people of all ethnicities and cultures can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and in more ways than one.


While taking a trip to Ireland is probably not on your itinerary (but if it is, spraoi a bheith agat, which means ‘have fun’!), there are many fun and exciting ways to celebrate the holiday. Here are just a few ways to get into the St. Paddy’s spirit:

Attend a local parade - Many cities and towns host St. Patrick’s Day parades, which typically include marchers, dancers, gymnasts, music, food and fun for the whole family. Some of the more known annual parades are held in larger cities such as New York City, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco and Chicago. Check your local website or newspaper for Irish parades in your area.

Eat an Irish meal - Whether you cook or go out to eat, St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to enjoy a traditional Irish meal, such as corned beef hash, lamb stew, Irish soda bread, shepherd’s pie, cabbage, among other tasty fare. And don’t forget to wash it down with an Irish stout! Another fun activity for adults and kids alike that involves food is baking something green. Search for recipes for treats such as like pistachio muffins, mint cookies or lime pies.

Wear green - Wherever you go that day, it doesn’t hurt to don a little green. And bonus points if your attire has a shamrock or leprechaun on it. Feeling even more festive? Spray paint your hair green or dress up like a leprechaun using white stockings, a green top hat and a fake red beard. If you work in a corporate office, you can still wear a little green — heck, there are even such things as shamrock-printed ties!

Learn an Irish jig - The Irish are known for many things, and one is the Irish Dance, a high-energy form of step dancing. Take a class or just search for a video tutorial online to learn this form of dance. You can make it a social activity and invite some friends over to learn with you. If that’s the case, be sure to look up how to céilí dance, which is a type of Irish social dancing that can be done with as many as 16 people.


"It keeps you on your toes both physically and mentally," says céilí dance instructor Hugh W. Conway of Fairfax, Virginia. "It's a matter of learning patterns. You learn one dance at a time, and if you pay attention, it comes easy."

Speak the language - Why not use St. Paddy’s day as an excuse to learn some Irish? Purchase an English-to-Irish dictionary, or go online to a website such as www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons, which allows you to download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player. Even if you just learn a few words, you can teach yourself words you’ll use on your Irish friends (who will surely be impressed).

Listen to Irish music - No matter if it’s Celtic, folk or traditional Irish pub songs, playing some Irish tunes can help get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. If you’re searching online, some popular artists who’ve sung traditional Irish music include the Chieftains, The Dubliners, Planxty and Clannad. In addition, be sure to check your local newspaper — there might be some local Irish bands or musicians playing in your town that night.

                              Whatever you do, get out there and have some fun.