If you want to stand out on this St. Patrick’s day, a sweater with a giant shamrock will certainly get more eyes glancing in your direction than wearing a green t-shirt with a Shamrock Snoopy St Patrick‘s Day Coffee Mug design on it.
But you really don’t have to go all green to participate in this year’s cultural and religious celebration. The festival is held to remember the birth of Christianity in Ireland, as well as to promote Irish values and culture.
Today, the festival is celebrated all over the world and is usually accompanied by different types of food and drinks – by both Irish and non-Irish people.
So, if you are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a total Irish style, here are a few tips on how to celebrate the festival in a grand style!
Go Green On St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is that time of the year when everybody is all green – green food coloring, sparkling green clothing including the traditional shamrock-shaped goodies. The visual identity of this day is closely linked to the green color.
However, green is not the only color that is associated with St. Patrick’s day, two other colors hold significant importance within the context of the celebration – both color blue and yellow!
The original color associated with the festival was actually the patron saint’s color of shade blue.
The color green came on later as the signature holiday color when the festival took hold in America.
Also, on St. On Patrick’s Day you will see some other people wearing the yellow and white color to represent the unity and peace between the cultures in Ireland.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In Ireland
So don’t be too surprised when you see tourists making a leprechaun costume with a green top hat and a fake red beard alongside a white stocking during the event.
What better way to celebrate the quintessential Irish holiday than visiting the patron’s homeland of Ireland?
Dublin, which is the capital city, is fully alive during this five-day festival period to showcase the most impressive and largest Saint Patrick’s parade event.
Nothing gets me so much excitement like being where the action really is – the five-day festival brings thousands of tourists (with some eager to ‘drown the shamrock’) to celebrate with the Irish people as well as people all over the world who stood for justice and peace.
So if you are looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a true Irish style, think of visiting Dublin for a start.
But before you leave for Ireland, make sure you brush up your Irish dialect and learn some new Irish words so you can sound like a true Irish. For instance, using the word ‘Grand’ can mean ‘fine’ or ‘great’ depending on how it is used. So if you want to say to a fellow tourist in Dublin who asked ‘how are you? just say ‘Grand’ and you will pass as an Irish without a blink of an eye.
Also, if you need to comment on someone who did something silly or stupid ” Eejit” is the appropriate word for such a person. It doesn’t translate to an offensive word, rather Eejit is used to make fun of someone in a playful way.
So if you call out to a person with ‘ah ya big eejit’ just know you are telling someone how silly he or she is in a friendly way.
Learn The Irish Dance Step
You don’t go to Ireland to celebrate St. Patricks Day without first learning some Irish native dance steps. This is very important – it’s like telling people how simple the Irish dance is but you don’t know how to make the first step.
Irish dance is very popular among the natives and is also popular all over the world. Apart from the fact that knowing how to Irish dance can impress people but above all, the dance can also be used as a fun way to burn calories and improve your flexibility.
To learn Irish dance, you can enroll in a local dancing class or if a dancing class is not available in your area, you can watch some Irish dance videos and tutorials online.
Learn Some History on What St. Patrick Day is
You know how embarrassing it could be when you are at an event and someone asks what is going on here and you just shrug your shoulders to show a sign of ignorance. pretty bad I guess!
Although the st. Patricks Day was only recognized in the ’70s as a celebration of Irish culture, the truth is, the festival has been observed as a ceremonial event in Ireland for over a thousand years.
The day came to existence to honor the patron saint who was said to be the pioneer of the Christain religion in Ireland. Here are more facts about St. Patrick…
- The actual name of the patron saint is Maewyn Succat.
- Maewyn Succat at age 16 was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
- After six years in captivity, St. Patrick escaped from his master and fled to France.
- After a few years, he became a priest and was sent to Ireland as the second Bishop.
- He established schools, churches, and monasteries across Ireland
- He introduced Christianity among the pagan natives.
- St. Patrick Shamrock’s metaphor of the trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) influenced his church members to begin wearing shamrocks to church services.
Traditional Irish Foods For St. Patrick
Guinness beer is not the only good trademark thay Ireland is known for – cabbage and lamb stew, corned beef, and the traditional Irish soda bread are a few foods that make Irish delicacies mouth-watering.
To feel very Irish on this St. Patrick’s Day, make sure you keep it real by eating as many potatoes as an Irish man will like.
Here are some more traditional Irish foods you might want to try
- Bangers and mash
- bacon and cabbage
- Shepherds pie
- Potato bread
- black pudding
Don’t Miss Out On The Local Parade
You don’t have to come to the capital city Dublin Ireland to fully enjoy the festival. On this five-day festival, there are lots of local parades that feature the best of local dance troops, musicians, gymnasts, and marching bands with brightly-themed costumes ready to rock your days.
To get involved in the parade, you can contact the local parade organizing committee to show interest, or you can just watch somewhere from a vantage position as a spectator.
To participate in the parade, there are lots of things you can contribute to making the parade exciting – for instance, you can join the local community to help in designing the costumes, or if you like, you can dress up and march in the parade yourself.
If you live in medium or large cities like San Francisco, London, Boston, Madrid, Sydney, etc, you will see large gatherings of people watching the St. Patrick’s Day marching parades. On paper, Boston has the largest Irish descendant on the United State soil by the percentage of the population and they were the first (anywhere in the world) to organize and record St. Patrick’s Day parade events in South Boston.
So, if you feel you really need to show some classy stuff at the St. Patrick’s Day festival, make sure to follow these tips and you are sure to have a blast of a time.