Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Every year on the 17th of March we celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In many cities there are festive parades with lots of people wearing green. Here at batteryPOP, we’re in full celebration mode with our green outfits, four leaf clovers, and shamrock shakes! Join us in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with these helpful tips.
Dress in Green. Whether you’re celebrating at home or at school, adding green to the day can make St. Patrick's Day a little more festive than your average weekday. Ireland is known as “The Emerald Isle” because it truly is a world of green! There are many ways to go green. You can keep it simple with green accessories, green socks, or a green t-shirt. If you want to go all out, painting your face, getting a temporary Irish tattoo, or temporarily dying your hair green are also suitable options, but make sure you get an adult’s help first.
Indulge in Irish culture. Even if you’re not Irish you can still take part in some Irish traditions for St. Patrick’s Day. How about a couple of Irish words to help you fit in? Use the word “Craic” and “Grand” in conversation. Craic means fun, enjoyable conversation. So instead of asking your friends, “What’s up?” You can say, “What’s the craic?” Grand means fine or great. Whenever someone asks, “How are you?” You can answer with, “I’m grand!” And you can also enjoy some traditional Irish food. Some classics are: corned-beef, potatoes, cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish soda bread.
Music and Dancing! Another thing you can do to experience Irish culture is to listen to some authentic Irish music and go dancing! Ireland is a country filled with music, and one of the most popular Irish sounds is the Irish Jig. It’s super energetic and gets everyone off their feet! Of course, some the greatest rock and roll bands ever also come from Ireland, so you’ll have a lot of options.
Share an Irish legend. Irish history is filled with fun, and sometimes silly legends. Like the four-leaf clover: find one, and your wish is granted! Or the Leprechaun, little men with red beards and green hats who chase the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Or the story about St. Patrick chasing the snakes out of Ireland by playing the flute. But remember…as fun as these stories are, the actual history and culture of Ireland is even more amazing than the legends, so use today to celebrate what some people consider the most beautiful and friendly country in the world!