If you're a true Irishman (or Irishwoman), then you may know that St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated 390 years ago on March 17, 1631, to commemorate St. Patrick's death in the early 5th century. And, you probably also know that the beloved patron saint of Ireland, was actually born in Britain, kidnapped by Irish raiders, escaped back to Britain, then returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. (I've also heard folklore that St. Patrick was Italian, but I'm pretty sure that's not really true.)
While celebrations of all kinds during the pandemic have become a whole different experience than what we were used to pre-COVID days, you can still get in the spirit of the wearin' o' the green. The CDC has issued a few guidelines regarding the safest ways to enjoy St. Patrick's day, including:
- Host a virtual celebration with all your Irish and Irish-for-a-day friends and family.
- Gather outside where you're at least 6 feet from those not in your COVID bubble, and wear a mask.
- Decorate your home in St. Patrick’s Day colors, shamrocks, and leprechauns.
The CDC also says celebrating with others is safer outdoors than indoors, so if the weather's nice where you live, that makes things easier, for sure. And, if you've already gotten the vaccine, that makes things even safer for you as you deck yourself in green from head to toe.
Check out some more fun facts about St. Patrick (including how he didn't really drive snakes out of Ireland because there weren't any snakes on the Emerald Isle in the first place!), and why you crave corned beef and cabbage this time of year.
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