Instead of playing to the tired, old, and clichéd stereotype of St. Patrick's Day being all about how much green beer one can drink, let's think about some alternative ways in which this uniquely Irish holiday can be celebrated. Here are 11 genuinely Irish ideas I came up with. Why 11? Well, it's one better than 10 ... so why not 11?
I welcome your suggestions in the comments section below. I fully realise that St. Patrick's Day has evolved into something a bit different in America (among other places), so I'm not trying to be a fuddy-duddy. But for the sake of our purposes here, let's try to keep these as authentic as possible (i.e. let's stay away from the green-beer-drinking, wearing "Kiss Me I'm Irish" buttons, and blaring Dropkick Murphy's tracks from our car stereos). :-)
This list is designed to provide ideas for celebrating what truly makes Irish culture unique. If you can somehow manage to fit all 11 of these into any given 17th day of March, I'd say we would safely be able to crown you the greatest celebrant of St. Patrick's Day of all time.
1. Go to a traditional Irish music session.
2. Eat bacon & cabbage.
3. Sign-up for an Irish language class.
4. Take a sean nós dancing lesson.
5. Explore some little-known facets of Irish history.
7. Ride a Connemara Pony.
8. Cozy-up to a turf fire (or the closest thing you can find).
9. Learn to knit Aran style.
10. Read a piece of great Irish literature.
11. Play a game of road bowling (if you can find a safe, deserted road!)