Here’s what you can expect from the holiday and some various ways to celebrate:
A species of the clover plant, the shamrock is associated with St. Patrick, who used it as a symbol for teaching Christianity’s Holy Trinity. Now used as symbols of Irish culture, you’ll see shamrocks all over the place on St. Patrick’s Day: on t-shirts, jewelry, pins and more. It has become the most widely recognizable symbol of St. Patrick’s Day.
The easiest way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to wear green. It’s the color of springtime, the color of shamrocks, and is also one of the colors present in Ireland’s flag. According to legend, it was also believed that wearing green would make you invisible to mischievous leprechauns. Some people enjoy going all out and dressing up as a leprechaun for the holiday, while others choose to just wear a green t-shirt. But even for those who don’t celebrate the holiday, wearing green socks, a green tie or a green hairband is a great way to show a little St. Patrick’s Day spirit.
If dressing up isn’t really for you, then you can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying some tasty Irish cuisine. Irish food is typically very hearty and delicious, and this holiday is the perfect chance for you to give it a try. Check out some restaurants near you to see whether they’re offering these items on their menu for St. Patrick’s Day:
Besides all the popular St. Patrick’s Day foods, it’s very common for Americans to add green food dye to their everyday food as a creative way of celebrating. Cookies, cakes, breads and even sauces are among the foods some people dye green.
St Patrick’s Day is a time for fabulous celebrations and parades. Most cities throw a St. Patrick’s Day parade, complete with all sorts of music, dancing, and fun costumes. New York City is home to the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, with a march that lasts almost 6 hours!
Many colleges also offer their own celebrations through student organizations. Contact your college’s center for student life and ask how you can get involved in the festivities!