Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Midst of Coronavirus
With bars shut down and the President urging social gatherings to stay under ten, it can be difficult to figure out how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Luckily, there’s plenty for you to do while still flattening the curve.
1. Drink some Irish beer
I know, it’s not ideal to celebrate when you can’t go out, but we can all take advantage of the unique combination of working from home and having a drinking holiday. Break out your food dye and throw a few drops into your lunchtime beer that you never would have been able to have if you were at work today. If you don’t feel like drinking beer, you can also always celebrate with a nice tea (which you can also dye green!)
2. Read some Irish literature
If you don’t feel like settling into a full-on novel, you can never go wrong with some James Joyce short stories in-between obsessively checking the news. ‘Araby’ is a nice story of young love, or if you’re looking for something darker, ‘The Dead’ is one of Joyce’s most famous.
3. Watch some Irish livestreams such as Dropkick Murphy’s or St. Patrick’s Cathedral Mass
Since you’re probably not reading this in Boston or New York, it was unlikely that you would have been able to see Dropkick Murphy’s or a live Mass regardless of the Coronavirus. Luckily for you, the Dropkick Murphy’s are doing a livestream of their annual St. Patrick’s Day concert, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is doing a livestream of their yearly Mass.
4. Make some Irish food
You remember all that flour you got a couple days ago? Remember how you don’t actually know how to bake bread? Well, don’t worry, because Irish soda bread is a quick bread that requires no kneading and no yeast (you didn’t pick up any yeast, did you?), just flour, buttermilk, and baking soda. You can also make a nice roast with that huge chunk of beef you worriedly picked up at Costco at the last minute as well.