Ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend
I feel as though St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday not as many celebrate in the United States, unless they are really into Guinness beer or drinking. My husband and I, while not directly from Ireland, have a lot of Irish heritage and enjoy trying to learn about different traditions and cultures around the world, oftentimes through food. That being said, one of our favorite parts of St. Patrick’s Day is staying traditional when it comes to dinner. As with any holiday, the age-old question seems to be how else can you celebrate it—so below you will find family friendly ways to embrace the magic of St. Patrick’s Day.
Family Friendly Activities to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day
1. Go searching for four leaf clovers in a grassy field
As tradition has it, the strong link between Shamrocks and the Irish is directly related to the teachings of Saint Patrick as he brought Christianity to the Irish people. While Ireland’s Patron Saint used the three-leaf clovers to represent the Holy Trinity, the idea of a four-leaf variety bringing many a weed-picker good luck is said to have originated earlier. The Celtic Druids were said to pick these lucky little leaves to ward off evil and bring good fortune.
2. Build a leprechaun trap
Don’t be deceived by the humble leprechaun making ornate footwear, these tricky little rascals moonlight as some of the most mischievous pranksters around. What more family fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day than to try your luck (of the Irish, of course) catching one of these fairies with any assortment of DIY traps, ranging from the simplest box to intricate contraptions made to impress competition judges. If you do happen to catch one, you’ll be granted three wishes! How can you beat that?
3. Deck yourself out in all things green (so you don’t get pinched!)
On a related note, be sure to deck yourself out in green! Leprechauns can not see anyone wearing enough green as it is said to make them invisible to those pesky pinchers. When the holiday rolls around, leprechauns fly around looking for anyone and everyone to pinch. Thus, if you do happen to forget that favorite green shirt or don’t have any conspicuously green clothing and you get pinched, you can at least know your pincher is no better than a leprechaun!
4. YouTube an Irish dance and try your best to reenact it
Everyone likes to talk about Argentina and the Tango, or Spain and the Flamenco, but no one should forget the fabulous footwork of the Irish in their dance culture. From the jig, to the reel, and even to the much lesser known hornpipe, the Irish know how to move in a way that’s fun and lively. A word of caution to this tale: don’t underestimate how much cardio is involved in Irish dance! Although it may seem the lack of upper body movement would make dancing easier, the foot movements are so fast that you can quickly tap out from exhaustion.
5. Cook! Either with a bunch of varieties of green colored food—my mom used to always make us green eggs and ham for breakfast—or… by making some traditional Irish dishes found below.
Yummy Irish Food to Try
Full Irish Breakfast. There’s a motto that begins with “eat breakfast like a king…” and this is how you take it seriously. The website Spruce Eats explains it well 😊
These are the dishes we make every year without fail, throwing in some variety here and there.
- Irish Soda Bread
- Corned Beef (Irish-American, I know)
For dessert, try your hand at making an Irish Apple Tart, Scones, or Lemon Curd Cake.
What do you do to celebrate this quirky holiday?
Until next time–may the luck o’ the Irish be with you!
Breanna & Zach