Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s day is one of my favorite holidays. Okay, I love all holidays, but St. Patrick’s day is special. Not only am I Irish, but I love celebrating my family traditions, dressing up in green, watching the local parade, and enjoying plenty of pints with loved ones.

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While Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is actually a religious holiday, most people celebrate the Irish culture proudly.  Steve Gimbel wrote a beautifully written article about What We Are Really Celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day and put it best:

When it is said that on St. Patrick’s Day “everyone has a little Irish in them,” it acknowledges the ways in which we are a better culture for having added another set of experiences.

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Now that you’ve learned WHY you should celebrate the unofficial holiday, here are some  Irish activities that you should check off your list this weekend:

  1. Wear green, the more, the merrier! Shamrocks are a bonus. Also, it saves you from getting pinched if you’re not wearing any!
  2. Make some delicious Irish food that you can share with your friends and family! Some of my favorites include: corned beef and spinach pies. WARNING: this link will make you hungry.
  3. Rock out to some excellent Irish music. Check out this Spotify playlist: Irish Imports.
  4. Attend a local parade. Support your local community and all of the people who put time and effort into the parade. From the creative floats, Irish dancers, and candy that they pass out, it truly is a fun experience that is family friendly! Not sure what’s happening near you? Check out this helpful resource.
  5. Learn how to pour a black and tan. Watch this excellent YouTube video.
  6. Brush up on Irish lingo:
    Irish Slang: boozer
    Translation: pub
    Suggested Usage: The party’s down at the boozerIrish Slang: local
    Translation: the neighborhood bar
    Suggested Usage: Let’s meet down at the local at IrishIrish Slang: craic (“crack”)
    Translation: a great time
    Suggested Usage: St. Paddy’s Day was mighty craic this year.Irish Slang: sláinte (“slawn-cha”)
    Translation: cheers
    Suggested Usage: Another pint! Sláinte!Irish Slang: wrecked
    Translation: exhausted
    Suggested Usage: After last night, I’m wrecked.

    Irish Slang: snog
    Translation: kiss
    Suggested Usage: One more pint and I’ll get up the nerve to snog her.

  7. Create a Irish pub crawl! This can be a great way to get some friends together and explore the local pub scene, especially if there are a lot of Irish bars in your area. Make a list of the pubs you want to visit in advance, then make a rule that everyone needs to have a pint in each pub you visit. Make sure to order something Irish such as a Guinness or Harp (beer), Magners or Smithwick’s (if you like cider), or ask for one of these Irish whiskey drinks. As you toasts your friend’s, make sure to say “Sláinte!”
  8. OR…consider having a home party! Make sure to watch an Irish movie, such as my favorite, The Leprechaun!

How do YOU celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Leave a comment below, I want to hear from you.

the shark

 

erin go braugh!

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Irish breakfast: spinach & mushroom egg bake topped with Dubliner cheddar, bacon, and spiked coffees!

oh boy! it’s my favorite time of year! a reason to get completely ridiculous, wear tons of green, drink way too much beer, and act like an irish idiot.

i’m a huge fan of st. patrick’s day, not just because it’s a national day to get drunk, but because i am a proud irish american.  i always take st. patrick’s day very seriously, getting up at the crack of dawn to make “kegs and eggs,” toss my traditional irish soda bread in the oven, and prep my corned beef for the slow cooker.

even miss pixel is wearing green!

if you joined me in the past for this glorious event, then you know whats in store. i get up at the crack of dawn people and cook traditional irish recipes all day long while watching

"I'll not rest 'til I have me gold. Curse this well that me soul shall dwell 'til I find me magic that breaks the spell."

all of the Leprechaun series.  i am always trying to sneak in horror movies into my holiday celebrations.  there is almost a horror movie for every occasion! and, of course my favorite of all the Leprechaun films is Leprechaun in the Hood, where the Leprechaun ends up in the inner city, Compton, CA. it’s waaaay too funny!

other fun things to do is rock out to awesome irish bands such as the following: Flogging MollyDropkick Murphys, The Pogues, The Chieftains, and many many more.

okay, so here’s the menu for this evening’s feast:

  • the hayden irish soda bread (secret recipe) with irish butter
  • corned beef and cabbage
  • stewed carrots, potatoes, and brussel sprouts
  • Jameson
  • and of course BEER.

i’ll post my delicious meal pics later this evening as well as debauchery on my flickr.

here’s a couple found memories of previous years:

the hulk and i, St. Patrick's Day 2008

"we'll rock your face off!" St. Patrick's Day 2006

"we'll rock your face off!" St. Patrick's Day 2006

 

stay tuned, wear green, and sláinte!

❤ the shark