Whether or not your relatives lived in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine, it’s nearly impossible not to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. This year, on March 17, celebrate the holiday by doing one (or all!) of the following:
DRESS IN GREEN
Wearing green, legend has it, makes you invisible to leprechauns. Pinching someone who isn’t wearing green is a reminder that a leprechaun could appear and wreak havoc. You don’t want to get pinched, do you?! From green felt hats and wigs to green boas, shamrock-shaped glasses and earrings, and socks, there are many ways to add a little green to your ensemble on St. Patty’s Day.
PLAY IRISH MUSIC
Some ideas include My Wild Irish Rose, Galway Bay, I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover, Danny Boy, Peg ‘o My Heart, That’s an Irish Lullaby, and When Irish Eyes are Smiling.
ENJOY TRADITIONAL IRISH FOOD
Whether it’s corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, stew, potato soup, Irish soda bread, tea cakes, or mint brownies, celebrate Ireland with a nod to some of the traditional favorites.
PLAY A LUCKY VERSION OF BINGO
Instead of getting B-I-N-G-O, tape the letters L-U-C-K-Y to bingo cards. Free printable bingo cards can be found here.
PLAY THE COIN TOSS GAME
Place a hoola hoop in the center of the room, with a paper shamrock in the middle of the hoop. Hand out coins (or quarters or chocolate coins) and give each player three tries to hit the shamrock. When someone hits the shamrock, they win a small prize.
While you’re having fun celebrating, try to remember a few key Irish expressions: “Erin go bragh!” (Ireland forever!), “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out,” “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours, that stay with you all the year-long” and “Sláinte!” (Cheers!).