st patricks day celebration

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St. Patrick’s Day is the Irish version of the 4th of July and has its own interesting story. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland who is credited as having brought Christianity to Ireland. The story goes that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out the island too. The association with shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day comes from St. Patrick using the three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan natives who went on to embrace Christianity thanks to their patron saint.

The day has gotten so huge that it is celebrated all around the world. So whether you are attending a lavish parade on the 17th of March or planning a get together with your Irish friends or fans of Ireland, here’s five fun ideas to help you enjoy the day.

  • With A Pint of Guinness

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are usually enjoyed with a pint of the “black stuff”, the phrase given to the famous Irish stout named Guinness. It’s one of Ireland’s proudest exports since 1769 and is estimated to sell 10 million glasses everyday around the world today. Go all out enjoying your pint of Guinness this St. Patrick’s day with a Guinness baseball hat, a Guinness bottle opener or go all out with a Guinness sweater.

  • Enjoying Hearty Irish Dishes

Cook up an old Irish feast for the family this St. Patrick’s Day. Use an Irish made casserole dish for cooking up wholesome food such as roast potatoes, shepherd’s pie – anything that has potatoes in it really! Plate up your food in the gorgeous serving plates from the Nicholas Mosse Clover Collection. Nicholas Mosse uses traditional Irish potter’s methods including using a sponge to print the beautiful patterns.

  • Go Green

Nothing could look and feel as Irish as wearing a green sweater! But not just any green sweater, invest in a super soft, warm and high quality woollen sweater from West End Knitwear who have been making iconic Irish knitwear for three generations or Ireland’s Eye who have been operating since 1987.

  • Embracing the Culture

Wear Irish from head to toe, literally! Have a little fun with Irish culture with delightful novelty socks from Irish Socksiety. With favourite Irish saying such as ‘That’s Gas’ or a scene from one of Ireland’s best loved cities, Galway, there’s lots of fun socks to choose from.

  • Watch an Irish Film with a Glass of your Favourite

For those who like a quiet night in, why not invite over a friend or two and have an Irish themed movie night. You could choose a tale of Irish immigration to America with the film Brooklyn or get to know one of Ireland’s most iconic historical figures with Michael Collins. Either way enjoy the depth of Irish culture with your favourite refreshment in a glass made from Irish crystal.

For more ideas on Irish gifts, souvenirs and favourite brands, visit Kilkenny Design’s US store.