As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, some changes will have to be made to make celebrations fit pandemic safety guidelines. St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated through activities with friends and family, such as parties, festivals, or eating at Irish restaurants. Because these activities are restricted due to COVID-19, Freeman students have found some ways to celebrate while staying safe.
Food is one of the most important parts of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. To start off your day with a totally traditional Irish breakfast, eat some Lucky Charms. You can mix the leftover Lucky Charms with melted marshmallows and butter to make Lucky Charm treats. Similar to Rice Krispy treats, these cereal bars are a great dessert or afternoon snack. Sophomore Abby Crowe plans on doing something similar this St. Patrick’s Day, as this year she said she will “probably decorate cookies or a cake since I can’t see as many people as I once would’ve.”
One of the most traditional St. Patrick’s Day meals is corned beef and cabbage. This is a great dish to celebrate Irish-American heritage and can be made in a variety of ways. Corned beef can be prepared in a slow cooker, a pot, or an oven depending on the style of the dish you want. This dish is a hallmark of junior Walker Beck’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Walker explained that “normally, my family and I will have extended family over and have corned beef and cabbage, but this year, because of COVID-19, that won’t be possible, so we’re probably just going to have a smaller celebration with my immediate family.”
Another culinary option is Irish stew, a more traditional Irish dish. With lamb, carrots, potatoes, and butter all mixed together, this stew will surely make for a hearty St. Patrick’s Day dinner.
After eating one of these meals, you can have a great, not-so-traditional Irish dessert: a Shamrock Shake. This can be found at your local McDonalds, or if you prefer, you can make it yourself.
Beyond food, there are some simple things you can do to celebrate the holiday. As usual, wearing green or anything Irish is recommended. If you want to have a little fun, you can throw green food coloring into anything, even toilets.
Leprechaun traps are another fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home. Similar to the gingerbread houses of Christmastime, leprechaun traps are a good activity if you are looking to make a craft or just have some fun with the holiday.