If you didn't grow up around Irish or people of Irish ancestry, St. Patrick's day may be an enigma to you. So, here's what you need to know to celebarte it properly and fit in!
Of course, different people and different ages celebrate the holiday differently. And although consumption of alcohol is a major part of the holiday, we are hardl;y going ot suggest that for under age children.
So, we've broken the celebrations down into ways that are fitting for each group!
Of course, children (and their parents) start the day by wearing something green. If you don't have any green on you, others are entitled to pinch you. (Oh, I can hear the lawsuits and harrasseement suits starting over this one...)
And, like many holiday, gifts of candy left by leprechauns are traditional. Actually, there is a specific tradition just for that, similar to the Easter Bunny.
Here's how it goes:
Leprechauns, being mischevious wee folk (i.e. elves or fairies) are know to come into people's houses on the night before St. Patrick's day (March 16th), and knock things over.
Children often make leprechaun traps in an attempt to caputure the little buggers.
You can get by just wearing lots of green. But hats, pins, costumes, etc. do help!