Going Green – A Guide To Having The Most of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is coming, and the air is thick with festive, jolly mood (and Irish music, and green attire, and booze!) In anticipation of this festive holiday, here’s a quick guide to having the most of your St. Patrick’s Day.

Preparing for SPD

1. Scour your closet for greens!

Getting pinched isn’t that big a deal, but being the odd one out in sea of greens?

2. Load your fridge with booze

Or better yet, grab a green beer at a local watering hole.

3. Do the Jig!

If you’ve attempted to do a Gangnam in the last 12 months, it’s time to add the Jig to your repertoire.

4. Gather up!

Join a parade to get the most out of the day. Get there early to get a decent viewing spot, and defend it at all cost.

5. Catch some Irish

If you prefer to stay in on St. Patrick’s Day , get a load of films with anything Irish in it. Green popcorn optional.

Movies to Watch on SPD

1. Gangs of New York

Scorcese’s take on the 1928 non-fiction book, The Gangs of New York, tells a tale of conflict between US natives and Irish immigrants. Features a

2. Leprechaun

Watch Jennifer Aniston’s first feature film role in this glorious so bad it’s good film. Also featuring the star of Ricky Gervais’ latest series, Life’s
Too Short, Warwick Davis.

3. The Luck of the Irish

Watch this is if you’re surrounded by kids (for some reason) on St. Patrick’s Day. Good, clean fun suitable for all ages.

4. P.S. I Love You

A heartbreaking tale of a woman’s journey to heal her loss of her husband (who happens to be Irish!) guided by love letters he left her before his death.

5. Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Disney’s feature revolving around the myth of Leprechauns. Watch Sean Connery (singing!) in his pre-Bond fame.

Fun Facts

  • First Lady Michelle Obama had the White House’s fountains dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. This is inspired by celebrations in her hometown Chicago, where the city marks the holiday by dyeing the river green.
  • Four-leaf clover?
    Feeling lucky finding the four-leaf clover? Imagine how you would feel with a 56-leaf clover. Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki, Japan, discovered the Guiness World Record holding plant on May 10, 2009.
  • Ban Me I’m Irish!
    The late comic genius George Carlin’s 7 Dirty Words, a list of words that cannot be said on television, raised more than eyebrows when it was aired on a radio broadcast. A US Supreme Court ruling regulating speech on broadcast TV and radio in US ensued.
  • Boston Celtics
    Named so as a homage to Boston’s Irish population, the team also sports a Leprechaun as team mascot.











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