St. Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

So, why is it celebrated on March 17th?

One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green! Excerpt from st-patricks-day.com – thanks!

Here are some ways MBA in the USA recommends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here in the US:

  • Wear green. It’s festive and lucky, and if you don’t, tradition says someone who is wearing green can pinch you!
  • Listen to traditional Irish music. Some of it will make you want to dance a jig and some will make you want to cry into your Guinness; either way, you’ll feel it. Click here for a free playlist. Note: free Napster may not work outside of the US.
  • Eat corned beef and cabbage. Although it’s not a classical Irish dish, it is a traditional St. Paddy’s day favorite in the US. Click here for a recipe.
  • Drink Guinness. The Irish Stout sings with flavor and is beloved around the world. Click here to find an Irish pub near you.
  • Watch Waking Ned Devine. This is one of my favorite feel good comedies of all time. The characters are awesome, and you’ll be able to feel the warmth of the Irish pub all the way across the ocean. Click here for more on the movie.

Sláinte!

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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