11 Mar Celebrating St.Patrick’s Day From Home
All over the world – March 17th is a day for gathering and celebration. While we can’t gather in traditional ways this year there are still lots of ways we can enjoy St.Patrick’s day from home!
Community & Kids
Hold a House decorating contest on your street.
Fun homemade decorations and lots of green are key to making this festive activity work – Bunting is one of our all time favourites for any occasion. You could source some prizes from local businesses or make some nice certificates to hand out.
(Thanks to Noelle, one of our community members for reaching out with this idea!)
Try a Reverse St. Patrick’s Day Parade
We love this idea from Jess, one of our team members – Have a household party in your front garden or hallway. Each household takes turns to parade around the street dressed up in their best St.Patrick’s day gear with signs and maybe even somemusic. This is a great chance for everyone to get involved and see the effort all the houses have put into their decorations too!
Plan a St.Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Hide pictures, clues or gold coins around your neighbourhood or garden for your kids to find. Photo scavenger hunts can be fun too – set some tasks eg. children must take photos of something green/ something with a rainbow/ something gold/ a leaf.
Celebrating the Festival
Take it online!
From March 12th – 17th, the 2021 St. Patrick’s Festival will be running over on www.rte.ie/culture and on Oireachtas TV. The lineup includes performances and workshops by musicians, artists and marching bands – including acts such as Pillow Queens, Gemma Dunleavy and Adam Mohamed performing from the Guinness Storehouse and plenty of other popular names like Blind Boy Boatclub and Foil Arms and Hog. For the kids there will also be parade workshops, circus performances, science experiments, kids yoga and 15-minute film collections showcasing short films made by young people. Check out the full line up and schedule here.
For more live music, talks, tours, debate, family fun and community events, check out Belfast’s annual spring festival Féile an Earraigh, organised by Féile an Phobail running virtually from March 1st – 17th at virtual.feilebelfast.com.