With Saint Patrick’s Day parades and festivities cancelled for the second year in a row, here are some fun things you could do to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day during lockdown.
With the 17 March well-known as the day when we dress up in our best green attire and celebrate all things Irish, things are looking a bit different for Saint Patrick’s Day 2021. So, we have compiled a list of things you could do to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day during lockdown.
Just because you can’t get out to a parade or enjoy the celebrations honouring Ireland’s patron saint in the traditional way, doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun-filled day of Irishness.
We have had to learn to adapt to a new way of living over the past year in all areas of our lives, from working at home to homeschooling, catching up with friends via zoom to ordering most of our goods online.
Annual celebrations have been no exception, so here are ten things you could do to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day during lockdown.
10. Create an Irish playlist – enjoy some Irish music
Get into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day by creating a playlist of traditional Irish music.
From classics such as ‘The Wild Rover’ and ‘Fields of Athenry’ to modern hits from bands such as Westlife, Picture This, and Snow Patrol, there are plenty of great Irish songs to choose from.
9. Bake some Irish treats – shamrock cookies, anyone?
Why not try your hand at baking a traditional Irish soda bread or get creative and bake some shamrock-shaped cookies (green icing is optional but recommended).
Baking some delicious Irish treats is definitely one of the best things you could do to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day during lockdown – just think of all the snacks you’ll have for days to come!
8. Make a leprechaun trap – a fun activity for the kids
According to the National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, when you can catch a leprechaun, he has to tell you where his gold is stashed. So, what better way to spend the day than making a DIY leprechaun trap?
7. Make Irish cocktails – one for the adults
The Irish are known for their fondness for the odd alcoholic beverage, so why not spend the day making Irish themed cocktails – providing you’re over the legal drinking age, of course.
Why not try a traditional Irish coffee or a refreshing whiskey and ginger?
6. Zoom party – catch up with friends
Normally Saint Patrick’s Day is a day when we catch up with friends and family to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint. However, with social distancing and COVID restrictions in place in Ireland and across the world, this isn’t possible this year.
So, why not host a Zoom party and catch up online?
5. Irish quiz – how much do you know about Ireland?
A quiz is a super fun way to bring people together and put in the time while also learning something new along the way.
So one of the things you could do to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day this year is hold an Irish-themed quiz to test your knowledge of all things Irish.
4. Cook an Irish meal – we love good food in Ireland
One of the perks of celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day from home this year is that you have enough time to cook a delicious Irish meal.
Try your hand at making a traditional Irish Stew, or start the day with a hearty Irish breakfast.
3. Wear something green – keep up the tradition
One of the best ways to get into the spirit of St Paddy’s Day is by dressing in your best (or worst) green attire. You could even have a green costume contest with everyone in your household!
Go all out with a bright green shirt, green trousers, and even a green wig if you fancy – bonus points for the person who wears shamrock jewellery!
2. Irish movie marathon – plenty of great options to choose from
One of the best ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day from home this year is to have a movie marathon of all the best Irish movies.
Some of our recommendations include PS: I Love You, Brooklyn, Leap Year, Once, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and Michael Collins.
1. Pub crawl in the house – celebrate in true Irish fashion
Topping our list of things you could do to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day during lockdown is a pub crawl… in your house.
Name each room in your house after a famous Irish pub and make your way around them as the day goes on to have your very own Irish pub crawl.
Go the extra mile if you fancy and decorate each room to look like a traditional Irish pub!