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St. Patrick's Day


St Patrick's Day: Everything you need to know - CBBC NewsroundSt. Patrick's Day is an annual celebration held on March 17. Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, the religious and cultural festival is known for its parades and festivities. It commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland's foremost patron Saint. The Irish have celebrated the day for over 1,000 years. Traditionally, Irish families attended church in the morning before celebrating in the afternoon.

As the Irish emigrated to The New World, they took the celebration with them. The inaugural St. Patrick's Day parade in America was held in modern-day St. Augustine, FL. Today, it's America's largest civilian parade and the world's oldest. It attracts nearly 3 million participants annually. If you're looking to join in on the fun this year, here are ten fun activities to get you going:

1. Travel to Ireland

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There's no better way to mark St. Paddy's Day than visiting the land of Scholars and Saints. The capital, Dublin, holds a five-day fete to honor the day and is also home to the most impressive parade. Thousands of tourists visit the city to soak in the atmosphere, so if you want to commemorate the day in true Irish fashion, Dublin is the place to be.

  1. Prepare a Traditional Irish Meal

The Irish aren't known for their culinary expertise, but Irish cuisine is quite underrated. If you wish to spend a quiet St. Paddy's Day at home and love cooking up a storm, consider preparing a classic Irish meal for your loved ones. While at it, remember to include Irish favorites such as cabbage, potato soup, braised greens, shepherd's pie, and corned beef.

3. Check Out the Local Bar Scene

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Nowadays, Irish pubs are everywhere. Most hold St. Patrick-themed events on the day, and you will find special offers on food, craft beer, and more. A pub crawl can be an excellent way to mark the day alongside your friends while checking out the local bar scene.

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Remember, it would be shameful to drink a Corona Extra or Budweiser on the day, regardless of where you are. If you don't fancy a Guinness's malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness, a Pint of Bulmer's or Smithwick's ale will do the trick. Better still, try downing some Bailey's Irish cream or shots of Jameson Irish whiskey. Regardless of what you drink on the day, keep it Irish.  

4. Catch Up on an Irish Movie

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St. Patrick's Day parades are often enchanting and hard to miss. With the COVID-19 restrictions completely eased, expect things to go a notch higher. However, a classic Irish movie will do just fine if you don't fancy the crowds and noise.

What better way to pay homage to St. Patrick than watching The Commitments, The Quiet Man, or The Wind that Shakes the Barley? The latter, in particular, captures the mood of the day. It's about the Irish War of Independence, inspired by the Irish patriotism demonstrated on St. Patrick's Day.

5. Immerse Yourself in Irish Literature

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If you love reading, St. Paddy's Day is the perfect occasion to dig up some gothic literature or Irish poetry. Ireland is known as the land of scholars for a good reason. A great option can be to immerse yourself in the work of Bram Stoker, who authored Dracula, or James Joyce, the author of Dubliners.

6. Savor the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade

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When figuring out where you'll celebrate St. Paddy's Day in 2023, Hot Springs, Arkansas, will be far from the top of your list. Nevertheless, it should be, and for a good reason. The spa city hosts the world's shortest St. Paddy's Day parade, which follows the 98-foot Bridge Street.  

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Notable attractions include Irish floats and kid activities such as the World's Shortest St. Paddy Footrace and the World's Biggest Potato on Wheels. Also, since Hot Springs is a spa town, remember to take a soak on the Bathhouse Row or fill water jugs at one of the numerous thermal spring fountains.

7. Wear Green

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The color green has been associated with Ireland for centuries. In addition, green ribbons have been synonymous with St. Patrick's Day since the 1680s. According to St. Paddy's tradition, you'll get pinched if you don't wear green on the day. So, whether you'll be at work or at a parade, there's no better way to bring out your inner Irish than to accessorize your outfit for the day with green.

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Green pins, jewelry, and buttons can accessorize your outfit perfectly and help you showcase the fun side of fashion and support for the holiday. You may also want to don a collection of Shamrock fastened using a clothespin to your shirt, the same way you wear a badge. If you want to go all out in true Irish fashion, you can have your face painted. Full-faced Irish flags and pretty shamrocks on the cheeks are popular options.

8. Watch Gaelic Football or Hurling

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Gaelic football and hurling are two sports unique to the country. They are popular along the Irish across the globe, and championship games are usually held on St. Patrick's Day. An Irish bar in your locality might stream a game or two, and if you have the time, don't hesitate to join in on the fun.

9. Participate in a Fun Run

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A fun run will be apt if you wish to sweat before the St. Paddy's Day festivities. You can participate in many races for friendly competition and charity before the day festivities. So, lace up your running shoes and get ready to sweat it out in a fun run as you prepare for D-day.

10. Anticipate the Leprechaun's Visit

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The Leprechaun features heavily in Irish folklore. As with the Elf on the Shelf, it visits at night to do naughty things like hiding the remote or emptying the tissue box. Your kids will undoubtedly have fun making Leprechaun traps. You can even hold a leprechaun trap contest for the young ones.

Final Thoughts

There's so much to do and see during St. Patrick's Day. However, the festivities end as fast as they start. As the dust settles, there will undoubtedly be much cleaning to do. You'll also need to keep your living spaces smelling fresh, and that's where the BluntPower air fresheners come in.

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