St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on the March 17, and named in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. The festival commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. St. Patrick’s day is now celebrated by millions of people, Irish and non-Irish alike with food, drinks, and all things green.

Ways you can celebrate this special holiday

Paint the town green: Well, not maybe the town as rock band "The Script" would have us do.

But how about painting the office green? And by painting, we only mean giving it a fun, festive makeover. Research online for ideas, and then transform your so-so workplace into a cheerful and atmospheric space.

Run a Shamrock-themed race: There are so many great races across the country, that are held in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Not only is it a great way to start your Saturday but you can definitely let yourself be a little wild.

Cook something nice: Use the opportunity to learn how to prepare Irish dishes, learn about their origins and then do your best to replicate the meals. To spice it up, have a cooking contest with your friends by preparing only Irish dishes.

Share your blessing with others: Although the December holidays are over, the need for volunteers and charitable gifts are still vital. Spend the day by giving back to the community.

Speak Irish: Set aside an hour today and each time you or anyone in your house speaks English, drop 50 cents in the Beal box.

Dance an Irish jig with your sweetheart: Irish music gets the heart going, and there is nothing like seeing (and hearing) it live. Grab your partner and head to a live show.

More ways to celebrate

Learn about St. Patrick and Ireland: Read up on the culture of Ireland, Irish castles or St. Patrick’s Day history.

Dress up: Your celebration is not fully complete until you dress up for the occasion! Create a gingerbread and green hat and you’ll be ready to start your celebration without getting pinched.

Host a dinner party: Start with some Irish soda bread, and finish with Irish coffee.

Whether you serve corned beef and cabbage or have always wanted to make Irish stew, have fun bringing friends together to celebrate the holiday.

Visit a history Museum: Brush up your Irish-American history tomorrow by heading to some of the country’s finest institutions dedicated to preserving Irish culture. Take notes and remember to have fun while doing it.

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