What are you doing this St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day takes me back to when I was young.

I am excited for the day to begin and am ready for this average day of third grade. I grab my lunch box and walk down the steps into the kitchen and out the door. As I step outside I feel a pinch on my right arm, I turn around and see my dad looking displeased with me. “Go put on some green, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day,” he says.

In my mind, I associate this holiday with pinching, shamrocks, leprechauns, green beer, and my dad insisting I wear green to school back when I was about the size of a leprechaun. But, what is the history around this holiday?

According to the History Channel: “St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.”

In America and around the world, many people associate this holiday with drinking. This year, why not try something new and exciting for the luckiest holiday? Take some time to learn more about Irish culture and where the holiday originated. 

Here are some ways to celebrate and learn more about St. Patrick’s Day:

A screening of an Irish film at a community center or library

Learn about the Irish culture from your couch. To find some great titles check out this link: https://www.moviefone.com/2015/03/17/best-irish-movies/ 

Sharing an Irish meal or having an Irish pot luck that's public

Why go out to eat when you can cook a traditional Irish meal at home or with your community? Here are some meals to try: Corned Beef dinner, Irish Brown Bread, and Beef Stew. Check out this recipe for Beef Stew: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=irish+beef+stew&&view=detail&mid=B1F8F95D681440ECA896B1F8F95D681440ECA896&FORM=VRDGAR

Watch a hurling game

Hurling originated in Ireland and it is about 3,000 years old. It involves two teams and 15 players. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgEMvRrOCRI 

These ideas are from mashable.com, to find more fun ideas check out this blog post: http://mashable.com/2016/03/17/st-patricks-day-activities/#zuxMjP_hauq7 

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