In my small town in Lake Stevens, WA most people go to the one Irish bar and drink green beer and get probably a little more intoxicated than they had planned when arriving. I am pretty sure than maybe 10 percent (and that is being generous) are actually Irish. American, Irish, non Irish celebrate this day and it has become an important holiday celebrated in America as well as in Ireland.
As I was doing my research to educate my students, I learned many things. I didn't think St. Patrick's Day was as big in America as I found out. Traditionally the holiday is based off of St. Patrick, a Catholic Saint who was sent to Ireland. He eventually became the Saint Patron of Ireland and the holiday bares his name. The shamrock is the symbol of the day because St. Patrick used the flower to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) and so the color green became associated with the day. Now St. Patrick's Day is a day where the Irish can show off their culture and believe me, American's are very happy to help celebrate.
This day is the number one drinking day in America. Many Americans cram into Irish bars and partake in drinking green beer and enormous amounts of Guinness. Along with drinking, parades, parties, Irish food, Irish music, and dancing help make the day what it is famous for...having fun.
Sooooo....I figured since the Czech's LOVE to drink, they would love to celebrate this day as well. On Thursday, I brought in green sugar cookies that I had made as well as green Czech Potato Pancakes. I was able to tie my task of cooking something new each week into the St. Patrick's Day celebration. On a side note, I wanted to make my sugar cookies green as well as the Potato Pancakes but for some reason the green coloring substance did something to the ingredients of the items and they didn't turn out like I had expected. They taste much better than they look. :) Also the Potato pancakes did not turn out to be as round as they showed in the cook book, so I put my brilliant mind to work and I came up with the perfect solution. MINI ME Potato Pancakes. I used a shot glass to get the round shape and no one is the wiser of the way they actually turned out (well...except all those reading this blog)
I asked my students to wear green on Thursday and I just love sharing part of my culture with my students. Even though I am not Irish, like every good American, I love a fun tradition and wearing green so you don't get pinched seems as fun as any.