St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is generally celebrated on March 17. While a national holiday of Ireland, this annual feast day is increasingly celebrated by non-Irish people as well. Green is the color most closely associated with this holiday. So, put on your best green tie, shirt or lapel pin, and pack some green in your lunch!
Settle in with a good book
Are you a parent with a child in grade school? Holidays are an excellent excuse to get them a thematic book to read. Our store has a selection of some children’s books, and there are many others to choose from. Surprise them with a wrapped package on St. Patrick’s Day, and they’ll love to read it with you!
Books aren’t just for kids, though. If you find yourself lunching solo in your cubicle or have time on a train as you commute, treat yourself to a book! There are some great books with historical context on the holiday.
Clothes, decorations and more…
Surely you’ll need to wear at least a bit of green, that’s the easy part. Here are some other ideas for fun on St. Patrick’s Day:
- Get the kids some shamrock press-on tattoos (see our store)
- Make some shamrock-shaped cookies (see our store for cookie cutters)
- Deploy some festive rubber ducks in your local “duck pond” (see our store)
Bathtubs are fair game, but ask first before you set them loose in your corporate atrium’s fountain or water feature…
Know your lore
- The highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14! It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records!
- Want to find a four-leaf clover on your lunch break? We’ve read that there are about 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover. Good luck!
- Tradition says each leaf of the clover is significant: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
- In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or hats. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green hair ribbons.
- Take in a parade: many cities have parades to celebrate the day. Some cities paint their street lines green, some dye their river (Chicago!), some have the distinction of having the “shortest” parade. See what you can find in your area!