In the United Kingdom and Ireland, celebratique St. Patrick’s Day is something that usually happens in public.
As you may know, COVID-19, hitted us a year ago, so the parade has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
In these days, it might seem cold to consider how to best celebrate a holiday. However, the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day — a holiday with origins in a resilient, long-subjugated country, a day of triumph and community and the joy of living — is actually very well suited to the moment. Celebrating can be about spiritually resisting the virus, solidarity, keeping tradition, and milking small joy where you can.
So how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the age of the coronavirus?
Why not have an Irish drink, maybe a beer, maybe a cider or an Irish tea, or an Irish coffee. You can take a cold draught of buttermilk, which, I once read, some laborers in Ireland’s peat bogs once kept cool while they worked, for cold swigs when they broke from cutting.Have these drinks at home of course, with your parents, freinds or even the dog you keep your day of isolation.
Another great way to enjoy St.Paddy’s Day during COVID-19, is to cook great Irish food. Hear us out, we said Irish food!
Drinking and cooking Irish specialties with a small, close crowd may kindle the same triumph, warmth, and community you may have felt on St. Patrick’s Days before COVID-19, however, it is always nice to maintain tradition in small and innovative way and snatch joy.