St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday. However, it’s become so synonymous with beer consumption, you may find it hard to remember other ways to celebrate. We’ve put together a list of great ways to have fun on this Irish holiday…without getting wasted.
The origins of St. Patrick’s Day do not start with beer, believe it or not. Patrick was a Welsh youth who was captured by Irish pirates and enslaved. After years he escaped, only to come back to preach the word of Catholicism to his former captors, who were Pagan.
When it’s said that St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland, they’re not referencing reptiles. Most scientists agree that Ireland split off from the mainland so long ago that it never had snakes. But snakes were a symbol of Paganism, and ironically enough, a symbol of the devil in Patrick’s religion. He preached Christianity so hard that by the time he was done, there were no Pagans left.
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Go to a Parade
Yes, parades usually mean alcohol on March 17th, but there’s no reason you can’t go dry. There’s tons to enjoy from the float show to dancers to musicians, and there’s likely some great Irish cuisine around, too. In the unlikely event that your city does not host a parade, you’ll be able to catch one on TV from a bigger city on the 20th. Boston’s is huge, and typically a lot of fun to watch.
Cook an Irish Dinner
If you really want to celebrate, you can do it with great food. Here are some typical Irish dishes that people tend to serve to celebrate the big day:
- Corned beef and cabbage
- Irish Stew
- Irish soda bread
- Rice pudding
- Green eggs (which are not exactly authentic, but they are fun!)
Jam Out to Good Music
There are some great options out there when it comes to Irish music. You can opt for Celtic, folk, or modern rock and pop. To enjoy it all for free, pull up dedicated stations or playlists on Youtube. You can have it playing in the background at dinner, or crank it up for an all-out dance party.
Go to Church
If you are Catholic, especially Irish Catholic, you’re likely headed to mass on St. Patrick’s Day. While March 17th is a big drinking holiday, it’s still respected as a holy day in Ireland, and by many Americans who practice within the Catholic religion.
If you do choose to drink, remember to do so responsibly!