Did you know that the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City? Yes, it was March 17th, 1762, when this fine annual tradition began. Since then, the hype and fun of Saint Patrick’s Day has become widespread, and it’s even made it all the way back to Ireland! Can you believe it?
What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, has become an international festival. The day has become a day for millions to celebrate Irish pride, with parades, dancing, special foods and well… a lot of green.
This year is no different, so to help you celebrate, look after yourself and your loved ones and learn a bit of the history behind the fun, we have put together some fun tips and insights to celebrate Saint Patty’s Day 2017 (yes, we’re on a nickname basis). Look for some useful Pixie tips inside as well… Let’s get started!
Don’t Forget Your Leprechaun Hat
Well I think it’s important we talk about this leprechauns business first. I’m sure you have the hat concept, down packed. Leprechauns are considered in history to be a kind of an Irish fairy.
Unlike Tinkerbell, or the one that used to leave me money under my pillow when I lost a tooth as a child (nice one mum), leprechauns are considered to be lustful and somewhat evil. One day they might be nice, the next, well we won’t go down that path, or so the myth goes…
Wearing a big green leprechaun hat and an orange beard, has become somewhat of a tradition on Saint Patrick’s Day. So, don’t leave home without your hat, AND you might want to Pixify it, to make sure you can locate it when needed!
Wear green! And here’s why…
1. Ireland is known as "The Emerald Isle. In general, green has become a symbol of Irish people and Irish pride.
2. Did you know that religiously, a lot of Irish Catholics are known to wear green, while Protestants celebrate the holiday in orange? Perhaps, the white in the center of the Irish flag means a little more than just an illustrative separation of color.
3. It’s a tradition on Saint Patrick’s Day to add shamrocks to your hat, which is of course… you guessed it, green!
4. Some believe that wearing green on the day makes you invisible and keeps you out of sight of the leprechauns, so they can’t pinch you. Today it’s become a bit of a theme to pinch people who aren’t in green, whether it’s true or not, I think I’ll wear green this year and play it safe ☺
Getting Dinner on the Table – Let’s get cooking!
With just a few ingredients, there’s nothing like a traditional Irish stew, the ultimate in comfort food. It’s warm, hearty and great for the whole family. It’s also conveniently (along with drinking more Guinness - Irish suggestion, not mine) great after a day of drinking.
We have selected a recipe from David Tanis’s Recipe Box, featured in the New York Times. It comes with excellent reviews and will get you excited for the day’s festivities. Bain taitneamh as do bhéile (enjoy your meal)!
Crossing the Dinner Gate
At some point after hours at the parade and a fun day out, you’re going to get hungry. It gets to a point where you can almost smell the hot Irish stew you have waiting, from miles away. There is only one thing standing between you and that amazingly smelling stew, and that’s getting through the dinner gate (your front door).
And then it happens… the where the hell are my keys? your less patient, somewhat screaming, hungry kids, of course add to the suspense. Every moment feels like forever. You start feeling like a gimp (Irish - for fool), but then you remember you have Pixie.
You see, you were smart enough to affix a Pixie Point to your keys, for a moment exactly like this. Within moments, you have turned one of Saint Patrick Day’s most frustrating occurrences into a bit of hide and seek fun. Within minutes, you look on the Pixie app and the last whereabouts of that elusive set of keys and are quickly reunited with your keys and all sitting at the table, ready to take the first spoonful of that warm delicious stew. Who knew losing and finding things could be so much fun. Crisis averted!
Have fun! Don’t Forget to Have a Good Old Irish Laugh
Here are two jokes I came across that made me laugh:
#1 - Poker Night
Six Irish men were playing poker when one of them played a bad hand and died.
The rest drew straws to see who would tell his wife. One man draws the shortest straw and goes to his friend’s house to tell the wife.
The man says to her, “Your husband lost some money in the poker game and is afraid to come home.”
The wife says, “Tell him to drop dead!” The man responds, “I’ll go tell him.
#2 - Finding Parking
An Irishman was flustered not being able to find a parking space in a large mall's parking lot.
"Lord," he prayed, "I can't stand this. If you open a space up for me, I swear I'll give up drinking me whiskey, and I promise to go to church every Sunday."
Suddenly, the clouds parted and the sun shone on an empty parking spot. Without hesitation, the man said "Never mind, I found one."
Time to Head Off
We hope you had a laugh and you learned some things along the way.
Have a great Saint Patrick’s Day, from all of us at Pixie.