“For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.” – Irish Blessing
Get your green on! St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17, is celebrated with parades, good luck charms, and everything green. The festival began as a religious holiday, but it has since evolved into a celebration of Irish culture.
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but he did not always live there. Patrick was born in the fourth century in Britain and did not arrive in Ireland until he was 16 years old, when he was sent to work there.
Patrick became interested in Christianity after arriving and began teaching others about it. He is said to have converted many of the country's residents to Christianity, and St. Patrick's Day is now celebrated on the day Patrick is said to have died.
“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”
Ireland is commonly referred to as the Emerald Isle since it is an island, as well as being green with lush trees and grassy hills.
When the shamrock (which is, of course, green) became a national symbol in the 18th century, green was finally introduced to St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Because of the shamrock's popularity and the beauty of Ireland's landscape, the colour has become synonymous with the holiday.
Avoiding being pinched by leprechauns is one of the reasons you should wear green on St. Patrick's Day. The custom is based on the belief that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who prefer to pinch anyone they see. Some believe that wearing the hue will bring them good luck, while others do it to honour their Irish ancestors. It's no surprise that green decorations can be found all over—every year, the Chicago River in Illinois is coloured green to commemorate the event.
St. Patrick's Day is one of the world's most well-known annual events. While Dublin has the largest events, there are plenty of other St. Patrick's Day parties to attend around the world. This St. Paddy's Day, we take a look at some of the places that are going green.
Apart from Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is also widely observed in the United States of America. New York and Boston's parades are well-known for being not just religious feasts, but also a veritable fiesta of colours! To mark the event, the Chicago River has been dyed green. The fact that this was observed from the International Space Station gives us an idea of the enthusiasm with which St. Patrick's Day is commemorated. Many Irish-Americans in the United States celebrate St. Patrick's Day by eating corned beef and cabbage. People also congregate to witness traditional Irish dancers and musicians march through the city streets in parades.
Do you have any Saint Patrick's Day decorations?
Look for green, silver, white, orange, wool, and vintage items in your home. Here are a couple of ideas...
- Go Green
Of course, on St. Patrick's Day, you must include some of the traditional green. To keep things interesting, a bright St. Patrick's Day green will appear on plates, windows, lamps, and other items.
Replace your standard light bulbs with green ones to give your room a brighter, more colourful glow.
While plants are always a great way to add colour and health benefits to your home, St. Patrick's Day is the ideal time to do it.
Artificial Succulent Plants & Fake Plants for Decoration can also be used to adorn your home. Beautiful plant assortment created from the highest quality materials and hand-picked to assure the highest quality! Give these realistic-looking plants as a gift to a crafter or keep them for yourself to decorate your home or office on St. Patrick's Day.
- Green Bottles
Of course, these are vintage green beer bottles. They're also lovely with a few white sprigs within.
- Shamrocks, Shamrocks, Shamrocks!
A list of St. Patrick's Day Decorations would be incomplete without shamrocks. These lucky three-leaf cloves are a simple symbol of the holiday season. There are many stores that sell low-cost shamrock decorations such as wall shapes, garland, stickers, and confetti, or you can simply make your own. You can then place them in a vase, arrange them on a side table, or tuck them behind photos.
- Green String Lights
Light can do wonders for the atmosphere of an apartment, and holiday themes are no exception. Get some green or shamrock-shaped lights to hang around your home to brighten it up.
Recipes for St. Patrick's Day
For St. Patrick's Day, we always get in the mood. Perhaps because it symbolises the shift from winter to spring, prompting both the need for comfort food and the yearning for milder flavours. Make one or more of these delectable and healthy St. Patrick's Day dishes at home to commemorate the Irish holiday.
- In an Instant Pot, make a beef (or lamb) stew
For the ultimate cozy-comfy meal, use your instant pot to make this thick stew that tastes like it's been slow-simmered for hours. It's full of vegetables and juicy chunks of beef or lamb, making it ideal for St. Patrick's Day. On the side, serve our Garlic Cheddar Biscuits.
- Smashed potatoes with a crunch of green garlic-herb oil
The essence of Irishness is a fantastic potato recipe. Believe us when we say that these Crispy Smashed Potatoes are on another level. They're described as a cross between a baked potato and an incredibly thick-cut potato chip, with delicate insides and crunchy outside.
- Sheet Pan with Kielbasa, Cabbage, and Potatoes
This quick weeknight dinner combines two Irish favourites, cabbage and potatoes, to give you the feeling of finding a four-leaf clover. You won't have many dishes to clean up later, not simply because you'll be full of those satisfying comfort food feelings. Serve it with a Guinness and some nice grainy mustard to truly get into the spirit.
- Ingredient Dark Chocolate Mint Cups
Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, these flawlessly simple and gratifying dark chocolate mint cups are the perfect way to end your St. Patrick's Day supper. These delightful treats, prepared by enrobing mint-coconut butter in smooth chocolate, will disappear faster than a leprechaun!
- Mint Chocolate Shamrock Shake
Enjoy this delicious and refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake for St. Patrick's Day, which is made entirely of natural and nutritious whole foods! You'll want to make this creamy, better-for-you Shamrock Shake recipe all year long with nutrient-dense spinach, avocado, banana, and mint.
The 17th of March is commonly recognised in the United States as a day to meet friends in a bar or pub. Expect to see grown men dressed as leprechauns with orange wigs as you enter the tavern.
Half of the world's population turns Irish on March 17th and searches for a pot of gold in the shape of a pint of beer.
We wish you a nice St. Patrick's Day wherever you are on behalf of the entire Kitchen Board Maniacs team! No matter how you celebrate it, let's hope it's a lucky day!