Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! This is the day when we all get to channel our inner leprechaun,
don our green apparel, and celebrate

Irish culture and heritage. But where did this festive holiday come from, and how can we best celebrate it?

St. Patrick's Day originated as a religious holiday in Ireland, named after Saint Patrick, who is credited with bringing Christianity to the Emerald Isle. Over time, the holiday evolved into a public celebration of Irish culture, complete with parades, music, and plenty of green beer.

If you're looking for some fun activities to do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2023, here are a few ideas:

  1. Attend a St. Patrick's Day parade: Many cities and towns hold parades in honor of St. Patrick's Day, complete with marching bands, floats, and dancers. Check your local listings to find a parade near you.

  2. Have a traditional Irish meal: Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and soda bread are all classic Irish dishes that can be enjoyed on St. Patrick's Day. Make them yourself or head to a local Irish pub or restaurant for an authentic experience.

  3. Visit a local brewery: Many breweries release special St. Patrick's Day-themed beers, such as stouts and Irish reds. Check out your local brewery scene and see what's on tap.

  4. Host a virtual Irish music session: Get a group of friends together on Zoom and take turns playing and singing traditional Irish songs. Don't forget to wear green and raise a glass to St. Patrick.

  5. Watch an Irish film: From classics like "The Quiet Man" to newer releases like "Brooklyn," there are plenty of great Irish films to choose from. Curl up on the couch with some popcorn and enjoy a movie night.

No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, remember to have fun, be safe, and honor the rich culture and heritage of Ireland. Sláinte! (Cheers)

By the way, if your option to celebrate and go with #3 check out our article on Asheville Night Life . The Scotsman Public House St. Patrick's Day Celebration All WeekendSt. Patrick's Day Celebration in Weaverville

WNCtimes by Marjorie Farrington March 2023



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