St. Patrick’s Day – Always a long-awaited green day for Canadian families! We know a lot about the celebrations and have plenty of ideas for St. Patrick’s day already, right? Today you will get some unique ideas as well. But before that, let’s have a quick overview of the idea behind this festive celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2023.
History indicates that St. Patrick was born Maewaewyn Succat. When he became a priest, his followers changed his name to Paticius (or Patrick), which means father figure in Latin. St. Patrick died around the fifth century of the English calendar. The first celebration was held after around 12 centuries. On March 17, 1631, Church established the first feast honoring the sanctity of the Saint.
Since the day’s inception, people have seen major changes in the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Canada & United States. Initially, there was no such concept of the green theme that we see during Patrick’s day nowadays. In 1762, the first parade took place in New York City. And till 1798, the colour associated with Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations was blue. We see the references to the blue colour in ancient Irish flags and the royal courts of that time. But it was changed to green during the popularization of the Irish parade song “The Wearing of the Green”, composed against the Britishers’ red theme of the day. Years after, green beer was added by Budweiser’s marketing campaign in the late 20th century.
Start with some creative but organic paints on your face. Not to say, what colour should it be? Obviously, green. Find some vibrant green outfits that add extra support and charm to your green face paint. Have you got some matching hats and headbands also? If yes, count them also to the cart.
Add Some Green Dishes
You may say happy St Patrick’s day to your kids by cooking deliciously green pancakes. Try some green eggs/hams, or have green dishes like celery, salad, broccoli, and whatnot! Unwrap your BBQ covers and cook something delicious you wish to eat and serve. Serve these festive dishes at your beautifully themed dining room, enriched with some custom green printed chair covers and table covers.
A Parade Full of Irish Traditions!
No wonder why parades have their unique existence! These parades connect you emotionally with the theme of the celebration. Imagine yourself in Irish-themed green outfits, joining a traditional procession with music and floats.
Have an Open Space Celebration
The day’s spirit gets enhanced when citizens come together at some open park. You can explore Irish art, literature, and much more with the group of bagpipers’ bands. If some people have some custom tarps, they can use them and make their small stalls to show or sell some unique arts and literature of Irish culture. You would feel amazed to know many facts about Irish culture like, the origin of Halloween. Yes, it started from Ireland itself. You’ll find more such interesting facts when you join this cultural celebration with your family and friends.
Food After Parade?
You can have a small cooking competition in your neighbourhood where people cook and bring up some traditional Irish dishes. Irish soda bread, shepherd’s pie, colcannon, corned beef, cabbage, etc., can be some of the classic and delicious Irish dishes. Beautifully crafted green pillow & cushion covers add fun to them. Organize it in some common area or in someone’s home to make a plus to your exposure to Irish culture and the traditions that they follow.
Time for Some Classic Musical Eve!
A very few of us know that Irish culture has a very close relation with music and musical instruments. Proving the fact, Ireland boasts a harp as its national emblem. Irish music has a fantastic flavor of folk and contemporary artists’ work.
If you want some quick suggestions for contemporary artists, check out Hozier, U2, and Sinead O’Connor. Why not vibe on the music, sitting quietly and relaxing in your room? That too decorated with Patrick’s day themed curtains, sheets, pillow covers, cushion covers and any other decorative items that you have. The evening can include some beautiful folk songs like “The Wild Rover,” “Danny Boy,” and “Whiskey in the Jar,” etc.
Dance Like an Irish
Have you ever heard about traditional Irish dance forms like jig or reel? They can be performed with little preparation in your society compounds or backyards wherever you find a little gathering space. The availability of some Irish dance instructors can put the cherry on the cake. People usually celebrate St Patrick’s day at home by combining food, music, and dance with their close ones and relatives. You can try that too!
Did We Forget Shamrocks Hunt?
Till here, you already have got to learn a lot about how to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at home, we guess! Let us take it to the next level now. Gather some rocks or just paper cutouts if you can. Hide them in different locations like backyards, bushes, trees, etc. Announce some prizes for the people who manage to find them in the shortest possible time. And the fun begins!
Check old Parade Videos
Tired? Not an excuse to pause the celebration. After all the activities, you can gather and watch the older videos of parades. Enjoying St Patrick’s day savories while watching them can make it a perfect blend of tradition and harmony.
Revisit Green Drink Before Sleep
Conclude your adventurous green St Patrick’s day with a sip of green drinks. You may try sparkling shamrock champagne to give it a green touch that again continues the theme of your day. You may also have some Irish Whiskey or cream liqueur before bed.
So, these were a few of many unique St Patrick’s Day party ideas that you can pick this St Patrick’s Day. Try to do them in a perfect hierarchy to get the best of the concepts covered in a day. You’ll have some decent food, a healthy parade walk, beautiful outfits, games, kids’ time, and much more on the list.