St. Patrick’s Day – In America, we celebrate this Irish holiday by donning a variety of leprechauns and clovers, attending festive parades, and drinking until until our faces turn a not-so-pleasant green. But, what happens when you are too young to legally drink? Maybe you hate parades, or the color green just doesn’t suit your style. Inspired by Flavorwire, here are 5 activities that will connect you to the Green Isle minus the icons, confetti, and beer.
1. Eat some Irish Barbecue. Tired of the Shamrock Shake? Is the Corned Beef and Cabbage getting old? Fire up the BBQ because Ireland has a big heart for grilling. According to the BBQ Brisket Blog, barbecue in Ireland relies mainly on the staples of Irish cuisine: meat, vegetables and potatoes. Their barbecuing methods are similar to those found in the US, UK, and Australia. Using a tomato-based sauce that is spread on the food while it cooks, Irish BBQ is similar to the Kansas City-style in the US. Ireland even hosts the annual World Cup Barbecue Championship in September, where participants can enter food into a variety of 8 different categories. Looking for recipes? Jump Into Ireland offers ideas such as spicy lamb cutlets, burgers with sour cream dressing, and portobello mushrooms for those who want to skip the meat.
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2. Add some Irish flair to your movie time. According to Irish Central, Ireland has provided beautiful scenery such as County Wexford and The Cliffs of Moher for movies like Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart, and The Princess Bride. It is also the motherland to those who can be found on screen, such as Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan. Grab your friends and host an “Irish Film” marathon!
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3. Make a St. Patrick’s Day music playlist. What do musical acts U2, Enya, Van Morrison, and the Cranberries all have in common? They are 4 of the top selling Irish acts of all time! The list doesn’t stop there – My Bloody Valentine and The Script also hail from this musical isle. Surprise your friends and co-workers by making a Spotify playlist that ditches the stereotypical bagpipes and jig-inspiring tunes.
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4. Learn some Irish slang. Why celebrate St. Patty’s Day if you can’t speak the local lingo? Speak the slang of Irish citizens young and old by learning a few words and phrases that you won’t hear in America. Similar to the United States, Irish slang varies upon region. According to Urban Dictionary, “Gob smacked,” refers to being completely speechless, stunned, surprised, and in disbelief. The slang word “fein,” can be referred to as the Irish version of “dude.” Well fein, what are you waiting for? Go study your vocabulary!
5. Play a game of Gaelic football. According to the Calgary Chieftains, this game can be summarized as a blend of soccer, rugby and basketball. Played between two teams of 15 players, a friendly game can be played among friends on a grass field. Object of the game? To score by driving the ball through or over the goals – if the ball is sent over the bar of the goals, you get one point. If the ball goes into the goalmouth, you get three points.
Ditch the parades and drinking parties! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by immersing yourself in some contemporary Irish culture!
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