7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Work
- History: Did you know that boiled bacon is the traditional dish eaten by native Irish on St. Patrick’s Day? Corned beef and cabbage is an Irish-American creation popularized by early Irish immigrants who, starting anew in a foreign place, could afford only the cheapest meats and vegetables. http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-dayTech Times published a rather funny article explaining many St. Patrick’s Day traditions and myths that’s worth a read.Teach your organization about St Patrick’s Day by sharing facts and video clips through email.
- Learn Irish words & phrases: Another way to educate your workforce about Irish culture is to compile and share common or celebratory Irish words and phrases. You can email them out before lunch breaks or share them at morning meetings to get people excited about, and interested in, Irish culture.Many online resources provide pronunciation assistance and our SmartPhones can usually say the words aloud to give you an idea of how they should sound. Smartling published a post on The 50 most Beautiful Words in the Irish Language that provides pronunciations and translations.
- Play Irish tunes: Traditional Irish songs often tell stories of war, soldiers, pretty girls, and rural life, but the music is usually upbeat and created for dancing. IrishCentral provides a sample of party songs to get your organization in the mood to celebrate, and YouTubers have created great playlists just for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Get Green: Donning green is a St. Patty’s Day must, unless you want to get pinched! Ireland is also known as The Emerald Isle for its verdant green landscapes, so wear your favorite green gear in recognition
- Gear Up: You can’t go too many places on St. Patty’s without seeing all manner of green and shamrock- or leprechaun-themed accessories such as necklaces, hats, and even socks. Enthusiastic revelers even paint their faces and spray their hair for the celebrations.
- Give Gifts: What holiday is complete without gift-giving? You don’t have to purchase anything expensive, except maybe a pint for your mate after work, but you can encourage your workforce to participate in both making and giving gifts.You could hold a St. Patty’s Day-themed dessert contest or bake sale and donate proceeds to your local cultural center. You could also set up a paper shamrock creation station in your break room so your employees can create their own festive decorations and gifts.
- Eat, ya eejit! Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at work by providing a cultural luncheon, or host a potluck and invite everyone to bring an Irish dish. Some popular traditional Irish foods include:
- Bangers and mash (sausages and potatoes)
- Soda bread
- Colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage)
- Bacon (boiled ham) and cabbage
- Boxty (potato cake)
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Potato bread
If traditional fare doesn’t appeal, Americanize those classic recipes however you like! Pretty much everything on Bon Appetit’s Irish-inspired recipe list looks absolutely delicious.
How you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on your own time is up to you! Many US cities host parades and pub crawls, and even smaller cities and towns offer green beer and Irish dinner specials at local establishments.
If you ever get a chance to travel to the motherland of this holiday, Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Festival has previously drawn a million people to Ireland for festivities.
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