Millions of people around the world look forward to honoring tradition, coming together in celebration and perhaps even letting loose a little, as well, on March 17 — otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day. While we know that this year’s celebrations will likely be different for the majority of us, if the parade in your city is canceled, there’s no need to feel blue — you can still go green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home!
Whether you decorate your home or home office with gorgeous greenery and an array of beautiful white flowers, make some Irish-inspired libations or come up with a creative activity for your children to enjoy, there is no wrong way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home in 2021.
Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary man that most historians believe was named Maewyn Succa. It is believed and loosely documented that at age 16, Maewyn was kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery. Six years later he was able to escape, where he fled to France and eventually converted to Christianity, in turn becoming a priest and changing his name to a Roman version of the ‘Patrick’ we all know today. One of the more popular legends associated with Patrick is that he was responsible for driving the snakes from Ireland, but this is simply untrue. Patrick did, however, return to Ireland and convert many Celtic pagans to an early form of Christianity. Today, some modern pagans understandably shy away from celebrating a man who changed the religion of their ancient ancestors, but most revelers aren’t exactly celebrating that aspect of Patrick’s life either.
You might ask, “Well, who celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today?” And the answer may surprise you! Modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place not only in Ireland but in many countries around the world, many you might not expect. Japan, Singapore, Russia, India and many other countries all partake in boozy, fun festivities on March 17 every year. While the American version of this holy holiday may be utterly unrecognizable to our Irish ancestors (or even some of the modern Irish population), it’s still a fun way to welcome in the springtime and enjoy the company of close friends and family, no matter your nationality.
How to Hold Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Home
While the native citizens of Ireland don’t typically wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, across the United States, decking yourself and your family out in green garb is an easy and instant way to get in the spirit of this special day. Buy some cheeky clothing in shades of green, pretty plaid pieces or decorate your own tee shirts with gold, white or orange glitter. Next, order some special St. Patrick’s Day arrangements from ProFlowers and beautify your home or office and really get in the spirit. If you want to go all out, head to your local party store and grab some cheerful seasonal decor like streamers, green cauldrons, gold candies, leprechaun figures and even rainbow table runners. Now that the stage is set, read on for even more things that you and your loved ones can do to keep the spirit of St. Pat alive this year and beyond.
Fun Ideas to Help Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home
Fortunately, there are a ton of fun ways for adults and children to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without ever leaving your home. Pay homage to Irish heritage by cooking up a hearty and delicious meal. Ireland is known for inexpensive, filling dishes that can feed your family without breaking the bank. Some popular Americanized foods for St. Patrick’s Day include corned beef and cabbage, loaded baked potato soup, beer cheese soup, beef stews and beer dip. Looking for a more traditional take? Irish soda bread was a staple bread for many Irish immigrants, while colcannon is a yummy authentic version of mashed potatoes that are mixed with greens, scallions and heaps of butter and rich cream.
If you’re of age, you’re probably well aware that the most common way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to imbibe in some alcoholic beverages. To get yourself in the spirits (pun intended), seek out some Irish-imported beers like Harp Lager, Guinness or Smithwicks. While not as popular stateside quite yet, hard ciders like Bulmer’s and Dan Kelly’s are widely enjoyed overseas and are a sweeter, crisper option than beer. For harder options, treat yourself or your partner to an excellent Irish whiskey like Tullamore Dew or Lagavulin.
Looking for a way to let your children in on the fun? An adorable arts and craft trend on the rise for young kids is called a leprechaun trap. Much like how children absolutely adore the Christmastime ‘Elf on a Shelf’ phenomenon, a leprechaun trap is a fun fantasy that lets young children use their imagination and their artistic skills. Every trap is totally different – and that’s most of the fun! You can start with green construction paper to set the scene and from there, the choice is yours, Some cute traps look like jars with coins inside, some look like Leprechaun bowler hats propped up on tiny twigs, some are tiny gates that ‘fall’ on the little creature. Whatever your trap looks like, just be sure to bait it with any leprechaun’s favorite treat – Lucky Charms!
Now that you know why we honor St. Patrick’s Day, as well as a handful of fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home, we here at ProFlowers wish you a festive, exciting and responsible celebration this March 17.