The government of the Republic of Ireland set up a group called St Patrick's Festival. One of the aims of this group is to offer a national festival that ranks amongst the greatest celebrations in the world.
An annual feast celebrated in honor of St. Patrick on March 17th every year, this day marks the death anniversary of Ireland's patron saint. The Irish celebrate this day as the commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is a day meant to celebrate Irish heritage and culture, along with the feast of their patron.
Despite it coming during the holy season of Lent, the feast of St. Patrick is interpreted as a break from Lent. Think of it as a day wherein you can take a break from the rigorous fasting, and instead indulge in the forbidden. Since alcohol is often proscribed during Lent, the copious consumption of alcohol is seen as an integral part of St. Patrick's Day. Being a day of obligation for the Catholics in Ireland, a part of the celebration includes attending church services.
The feast of St. Patrick has in the recent years become a day for celebration not just among the Irish community, but the people around the world. Here's how you can join in the celebration of the festive day.
Greet Spring with Green
St. Patrick is known to have used the three-leaved trefoil or clover as a symbol to propagate Christianity. Long after the death of St. Patrick, the Irish resorted to wearing the color green that is reminiscent of their beloved saint. Irish or not, you too can partake in the celebration by keeping up with the theme. You can use all things green to decorate your house to celebrate the feast. You can even give away gifts wrapped in green to celebrate this day. Besides, when spring comes calling, lively green becomes the "in" thing.
Organize a Green Gathering
Keep up with the gaiety of the day by celebrating spring and the feast in style. Gather your friends and throw a green bash. You can go a step further by thinking of eco-friendly ways to make this day memorable. Don't forget to breathe freshness into your party with a green-themed décor.
Eat, Think, and Live Green
Your party will definitely be incomplete without green eats. Unlike a carnival, you do not see colorful food, but just luscious green and sober white. Prepare a lavish Irish meal that includes corned beef and cabbage. Do not forget to include shamrock cookies and tempting desserts.
Green Beer is Better
When in Ireland, drink like the Irish do. For a day, keep your regular drink aside and glug on a glass of green beer. If you're not a beer drinker, you need not worry as there are plenty of options for you to try out. From vodka to fruit juices, all you need is a touch of green to live up to the prominent theme of the day.
Dress Up Like a Leprechaun
I bet you have heard of leprechauns, Rumpelstiltskin at least. The point is you have to seize the day and dress up in green. You can accessorize your look with long hats, tailcoats, green elf shoes, and the like. You can even have your face painted in green or simply as the flag of Ireland. Besides, a temporary tattoo of a shamrock adorning your hands or forehead should suffice.
Little Elves Will Do
It would be mean if you do not involve your furry friends in the celebration, don't you think? Dress your pet in funky costumes meant for the day. You can use green-sequined bows, tiny hats, rock star costumes, or even elf costumes to dress up your furry friends.
Partake in the Festivities
In all the festive atmosphere, do not forget to read about St. Patrick, join in the parade, and listen to Irish music. You can even dance to the tune and play along on your instrument to really get the feel of Ireland.
You can visit a nearby Irish pub on the day to get yourself into the groove. You can even celebrate the day by simply being a part of the concerts and parades held across the world.