What exactly is St. Patrick's Day? Well, it's a day of celebrating St. Patrick that goes as far back as the 17th century. St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland — and we celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17 of every year, which is the anniversary of his death. Let's take a look at common traditions and ways of celebrating the holiday, plus how to make it fun for you and your family!
St. Patrick's Day is one of the holidays with the most fun traditions. You get to wear green and pinch those who don't, plus drink as much beer as possible in true Irish fashion. Other traditions to partake in include:
Any holiday that involves good food and lots of drinking is a favorite in our book! Due to these criteria, St. Patrick's Day is one not to miss. Whether you go all-out celebrating the holiday or prefer to lay low, you at least have to partake in the delicious foods! Traditional St. Patrick's Day food and beverages include:
Let's also not forget about green desserts! Essentially, any light-colored dessert (such as sugar cookies, vanilla cupcakes or cheesecake) can be made green with a few drops of food coloring. If you're looking for real green desserts, think key lime pie, lime Jell-O, mint chocolate chip ice cream cake or crème de menthe brownies.
If you're a beer-drinker, make sure to indulge in a Guinness this St. Patrick's Day. Other popular beers include Sam Adam's Irish Red, Miller Genuine Draft, Dos Equis, Coors Light and Heineken. Remember, for any light lager you can add a few drops of green food coloring for a festive green beer.
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