Art & Life

A Pandy-Safe St. Patty’s Day

St. Patty's Covid
Graphic by Amanda Bollig.

St. Patrick’s Day is renowned as a day for college students to have fun, for large crowds to gather and watch parades and as an excuse for people to practice their terrible Irish accents.  

But how does one celebrate St. Patty’s day during a pandemic? Just because the pandemic has gotten in the way of the holiday doesn’t mean students can’t still celebrate.  

One idea could be to set up a Zoom party with friends. Friends can social distance and still celebrate. Have a contest to see who wears the most green or have a virtual dance party.  

Games such as Heads Up, Truth or Dare and Pictionary are fun to play over Zoom. Baking green confections such as cupcakes, mint chocolate cheesecake and shamrock shakes is an activity that students can do over Zoom. Or, find an Irish movie to watch with friends via Teleparty or set it up outside with a projector and some lawn chairs. Test your friends’ knowledge of Ireland with Irish trivia.  

Outdoor activities include planting shamrocks in the backyard or organizing an outdoor scavenger hunt with St. Patrick’s Day-themed items such as fake gold coins, shamrock necklaces and green sunglasses. Print out Ireland-themed games such as mazes, memory and four-leaf clover tic-tac-toe for kids to play. 

Celebrating any holiday during a pandemic is less than ideal. But don’t let that deter you from having a good time. The core of St. Paddy’s day is to have fun. Allow the current situation as a way to be creative and find new ways to celebrate the day.  

Image courtesy of Amanda Bollig

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