It’s that time of year that has us all feeling a little Irish. Unfortunately, due to Covid, this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are going to look a little different again. It’s ok. We have already celebrated a Covid Christmas and a Covid Valentine’s Day so we can do this and do it well. Even Dublin and Belfast cancelled their St. Patrick’s Day parades for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. Just because you can’t celebrate in typical fashion, doesn’t mean you can’t still spread a little Irish cheer. St. Patrick’s Day is all about celebrating Ireland’s history and culture and we’ve put together some quarantine-friendly ways to do just that. So, read on for inspiration on how to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during Covid and make St. Patrick proud (minus the crowded pubs and parades of course).
1. Watch the virtual St. Patrick’s Day celebration from Dublin.
The theme this year is Dúisigh Éire! which translates to Awaken Ireland! They invite everyone to “throw off the long, dark months and rise to embrace the brighter days ahead.” Who doesn’t need a little of that right about now? The Festival runs from March 12 – 17, 2021 with 100+ events being streamed online here for everyone to enjoy around the world. You can read more about the events they have planned on the St. Patrick’s Festival website.
- Create a St Patricks’s Day Tree. During the 2020 lockdown, St. Patrick’s Day Christmas-type trees emerged as a decoration trend and they were pretty awesome. Some may say tacky, but I loved them. Gold and green shamrocks, leprechaun hats and rainbows replaced the traditional red and green balls and garland of Christmas trees. Check out this St Patrick’s Day Trees Pinterest board.
- Make a St. Patrick’s Day wreath. There are some wildly creative DIY wreath ideas from some very talented folks available online. You can create a fabric shamrock wreath , a ribbon wreath , a green paper wreath, a balloon wreath, a felt shamrock wreath, and also a beautiful Shamrock Wreath that you can make using Lima Beans and Split Peas (don’t judge until you see it).
- Other DIY Decorations. Just like with the wreaths, there are some incredible tutorials online to help you deck out your home with Irish spirit. You can print out this very cool printable image and just pop in into a frame. Or you can create a Shamrock floral arrangement, a St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Us banner , an Irish Flag Mason Jar, some St Patrick’s Day garland, Paper origami shamrocks, Clay Pot Leprechauns , a boxwood topiary, or a balloon shamrock backdrop.
3. Cook an Irish meal.
Plan to cook some traditional Irish fare like Irish Stew, Sheppard’s Pie, Colcannon, or put your own personal spin on classic Irish dishes. Whatever you decide, start your festivities off right with some delicious Irish grub. Check out these Top ten Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s Day or 69 Favourite Irish Dishes to help you prepare your feast.
4. Bake St Patrick’s Day themed desserts.
Top off your Irish meal with some great St. Patrick’s themed desserts or just make a selection of Irish sweets for your celebrations. What’s a party without some treats? For some great dessert ideas to get you started, read 25 Classic Irish Desserts to Make Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Extra Sweet.
5. Cheers with an Irish Tipple (or 2).
Even though you can’t head out to your local pub, you can still indulge in some Irish drinks at home. I mean, St. Patrick’s Day is known for drinking. From Guinness to Jameson to Bailey’s to green-dyed beer, the options are endless. We suggest you peruse 9 Essential Irish Whiskey Cocktails, 17 Boozy St. Patrick’s Day Drinks and 16 of the Best Irish Cocktails to Sip on St. Patrick’s Day for some inspiring ideas to help kick up your celebrations.
6. Plan a Zoom cocktail party or happy hour get together.
Virtual parties are the perfect replacement for in-person St. Patrick’s Day parties as you can still celebrate over drinks with friends/family. Plus, I think we’ve all mastered Zoom at this point. You can plan to play games, do karaoke or just talk. You can also create and share a playlist of Irish music (see below for more info) for them to listen to. Just send out an evite with the date/time as if you were physically inviting them into your home. Then get ready to welcome your guests. Nibbles optional.
7. Listen to Irish Music.
Irish music is at the core of Irish culture. The sound and prolific nature of Irish music has a way of capturing you regardless if you are listening to the classics or modern hits. St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect day to explore all of it. I say listen to anything by The Pogues because Shane MacGowan is a great songwriter. You can check out some Irish Classics, or Modern Irish Music or even a few good Irish drinking songs on Spotify.
8. Learn an Irish dance.
When you think of Irish dancing, Riverdance is probably the first thing that comes to mind but there is so much more to it. Irish dancing has a rich history as dancing was a means of worship and tradition by a mixture of people who lived in Ireland. To this day, there are annual Irish dancing competitions held around the world with some that include dancers as young as three years old! Check out this YouTube link for some tutorials to get you started.
9. Set up a St. Patrick’s Day photo booth.
Print out these free St Patrick’s Day photo booth props and glue/tape them to Bristol board or carboard to make them stiffer. Use to them to take photos so you can share the fun with your family and friends from your house to theirs via text or social media.
10. Reach out to a family member or friend who may feel isolated right now.
- In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day – and the spirit of spreading joy – pick up the phone and call someone to see how they are doing. They say talking on the phone for 10 minutes can make you/someone else feel less lonely.
- Make St. Patrick’s Day cards. Receiving a card in the mail can brighten someone’s day and receiving one for a holiday that you don’t normally associate with cards is all the better.
11. Watch some Irish Movies and/or TV Shows.
There are so many to choose from – you’ll be spoiled for choice. We did a list of bingeworthy Irish TV shows and movies and Irish Central created a great list of The Most Popular Irish Movies and another list of the Top Irish TV Shows and Movies on Netflix to help.
12. Read/Listen to a Classic Irish Book or Irish Poetry.
If you prefer a quieter evening, dive into an amazing book written from one of the many incredible Irish authors. Ireland Central published a list of 20 Classic Irish books that everyone should read that is a great place to start. You can also explore some of the most renowned poets that Ireland has given us. Luckily, you can go to the Poetry Ireland Centre’s YouTube channel to explore the incredible talent.
13. Stream the Dropkick Murphys concert.
The Dropkick Murphys will once again move their annual St. Patrick’s Day concert online for a free livestream in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can stream their concert on Wednesday March 17th live at 7pm EST on the band’s website.
14. Attend a virtual mass.
Traditionally St. Patrick’s Day starts with attending mass and there is no reason why you can’t still do this with the variety of masses/services that are available online due to Covid. A simple Google search will direct you to the mass/service that best suits your needs and beliefs.
15. Learn About St. Patrick.
There’s no better time to learn the history of St. Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He died on March 17, which is the day we have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day for the past 1,000+ years. Traditionally, the day starts with going to mass followed by a feast and party afterwards. Parades and green beer came much later :)
Even though we are all feeling stir-crazy, we can do this one last time. The vaccines are coming. We hope these 15 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day During Covid help make it extra special.
Are you going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Will you be incorporating any of these ideas into your festivities? Let us know your St. Patrick’s Day plans in the comments. We’d love to hear them.
However you decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, remember to do it safely.