Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates Irish culture and heritage, but let’s face it, even the least Irish among us can have fun getting into the spirit of the day. Whether you’re wearing your greenest get-up, eating some hearty Irish stew, or sharing a pint with friends, everyone loves St. Patrick’s Day. With the holiday falling during March Break, we’re turning it into a fun day at our house, how about you? My kids love the crafts and fun that come with the day, and my husband loves the beer.
With Canada’s hearty Irish population, the day is widely celebrated — Toronto’s 29th St. Patrick’s Day parade was held just this week, with thousands lining the streets to watch the event. Our beloved Maple Leafs were even known as the Toronto St. Patrick’s from 1919-1927 and wore green jerseys.
Whatever you enjoy, you’ll find some ideas here to make this St. Patrick’s Day fun for the whole family.
Let’s start with 5 truly strange St. Patrick’s Day facts.
1. Did you know that the Irish do not drink green beer for St. Patrick’s Day?
2. We should perhaps be wearing blue, not green, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
3. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday in Newfoundland & Labrador.
4. In Chicago, they dye the river green to celebrate the day.
5. The toast, “Erin go bragh” is actually supposed to be, “Éirinn go Brách“, which means, “Ireland forever”.
Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
Super-Quick No-Bake Mint St. Patrick’s Day Krispie Treats
Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting
New Wave Irish Stew
Homemade Shamrock Shake
Traditional Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids
To start your night off right, pop by the Whitby Entertainment Centrum this St. Patrick’s Day for a delicious meal, or a drink with friends.
No matter what you’re planning to do this St. Paddy’s Day, may the luck o’ the Irish be with you.