This year St. Patricks Day is celebrated on Tuesday, March 17, but St. Patrick's Day celebrations are not solely confined to that day. St. Patricks Day is a global celebration of Irish culture, and it celebrates the life of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
It started on March 17, 461 AD, which was believed to be the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death.
St. Patricks Day is on a Tuesday this year, meaning celebration will be challenging due to work and school the day before and after, but St. Patrick’s Day does not have to be celebrated on the day of. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day can be celebrated throughout the whole month of March. Here is how.
Celebrate with some homemade Irish stew or colcannon. These Irish and St. Patrick-themed foods can be eaten for dinner and dessert all month long. Some ideas are Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, Irish coffee cake, shamrock themed cupcakes, shamrock sugar cookies, Irish nachos, and Irish stew.
See an Irish dance performance. On March 14 from 11 to 12 am an Irish dance performance by Tir Na Nog at the Providence Athenaeum in Providence. This performance is one of the many that take place this month.
Newport, Rhode Island holds a monthly Irish Heritage Month that has events every weekend in March that are St. Patrick's Day and Irish related. There are various tours, performances, celebrations, and festivals being held throughout the month. During the weekends in March, there are at least two events every weekend and have some events on a weekday. If you are willing to take a ride to Acquidneck Island this month, everything you need to know can be found at http://www.newportirishhistory.org/Irish_Heritage_Month.pdf.
Go see a parade at a variety of locations. Parades are held at Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, and West Warwick in Rhode Island. Pawtucket is going to be held on March 7th, Newport is going to be held on the 14th, Providence is going to be held on March 21st, and West Warwick is going to be held on the 15th.
Wear your green and show your Irish spirit. Green is the new black in the month of March, wear your green throughout the month to show your spirit. By the way, green became the color to wear on St. Patrick’s Day because, according to legend, the color makes you invisible to Leprechauns. If they can’t see you, they can’t pinch you.
St. Patrick’s Day can be celebrated by anyone and everyone, and it is a nice respite from the ong boring month of March.
Embrace the green, ¨Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.¨