St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, has been celebrated in Ireland for a thousand years or more, but it only really became something that the world as a whole became more aware of when Irish immigrants to the US started to transform this simple but lively day of fun into something bigger and grander. Yet the traditions are all still there, with some new ones thrown in for good measure. Just some of these traditions include:
- Wearing green
- Watching—or being part of—a parade
- Eating corned beef
- Listening to Irish music
- And many more
If you’re keen to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day this year and even start some traditions of your own, you can go beyond decorating the work office in green and clover leaves, and consider some of these ideas for celebrating the fun holiday with your coworkers.
Throw a Green Dinner Party
Dinner parties are always fun, and you don’t often need an excuse to arrange one. But when it’s St. Patrick’s Day and there are so many different foods and drinks that are associated with it, it makes even more exciting to try it out.
One of the key things to remember when you’re organizing events at home is to ensure you have enough space for everyone. If you need more chairs or other banqueting equipment, ensure you rent the tables and chairs necessary to pull it off.
When it comes to deciding what to serve, you can choose between soda bread, to any cabbage dish, from shepherd’s pie, to leek and potato soup, from Guinness dishes, to bright green beer—there are amazing decisions to choose from. Alternatively, do a little of everything so your guests have options.
Since this is a green dinner party, everyone is encouraged to wear green, and you’ll want to find the best green decorations!
Embrace the Irish Music
There is something stirring and passionate and exciting about Irish music. It’s fun, jolly, but with meaning behind every note. Even if you’ve never heard it before, once you start listening, it’s not a sound you’ll ever forget.
So you might want to spend some of St. Patrick’s Day listening to this fabulous music. Or, even better, you might want to watch some Irish step dance movies like Riverdance, or Jig to better understand and appreciate the skill and culture behind Irish dancing.
Try Some Whiskey Tasting
Guinness and green beer aren’t the only adult drinks that can be traditionally consumed on St. Patrick’s Day; Irish whiskey is just as popular.
There are hundreds of different whiskeys available on the market (not to be confused with whisky which comes from Scotland, and is spelled without an “e”) that are becoming more popular all the time.
If there is no whiskey tasting event somewhere near you around St. Patrick’s Day, you could organize one yourself and provide ways of offering the different types safely. You don’t have to know a lot about whiskey to enjoy the different tastes, and it’s a great way to learn more about this most ancient and traditional of drinks.