With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d write a little blog about it.
Although most of us are happy to spend the day in O’Neill’s drinking Guinness, how many of you actually know why we are really doing that?
So did you know that we celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th, the anniversary of the day that St. Patrick died. A bit of a legend, St. Patrick’s life is celebrated as he brought Christianity to Ireland (although he wasn't actually Irish!!)
Whether or not you head to O’Neill’s or stay home and have your friends round, there are many fun things you can do to celebrate the iconic day.
Here are just a few ideas:
Go Green – Whether it be a green t-shirt or full leprechaun outfit, nothing will get you in the mood more than a classic Green Irish outfit.
Not keen on all green? Why not use face paint and pop a little shamrock on your cheek or maybe a temporary tattoo or some glitter stickers for your nails?
It doesn't have to be full on, just little touches here and there to show that you're acknowledging the day.
Drink like the Irish - As we all know, the Irish love a Guinness.
Guinness is a dark Irish stout introduced 261 years ago and still going strong today. Did you know that it is a scientific fact that Guinness will taste different (and better!) in Ireland as compared to anywhere else as moving it and having it travel affects it in different ways?
Not a Guinness fan? Why not give an Irish coffee a go? Bound to wake you up and most definitely perk you up, an Irish coffee is a black coffee with Irish Whiskey & brown sugar diffused in it, topped with double cream.
It’s quite the skill to get the cream to sit on top of the coffee without them blending….
Thanks to Lord of the Dance we are all very familiar with the high leg kicking, straight arm jumping style of the Irish dance so why not get involved and give it a go yourself?
No matter where you live there are plenty of places to go to celebrate.
If you’re London based, why not try one of these popular choices:
The St. Patricks’ Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 15, starting at Piccadilly at 12pm. Free to watch and guaranteed to raise a smile.
The St. Patrick’s Day Festival will also take place in Trafalgar Square from 12-6pm
Or head to a nearby Top 10 Irish bar: https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/food-and-drink/pub-and-bar/top-10-irish-pubs-in-london ,Waxy O’Connor’s and O’Neill’s being the firm favourites.
In closing, here’s a quote from a Little Leprauchan friend of mine:
"There are two kinds of people in this world: the Irish and those who wish they were."
Happy St. Patrick's Day, do comment below and let me know how you will celebrate!