March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day, a day that marks the death of the patron saint of Ireland, and which has also in the last few years evolved into a day where non Irish folk can “become” Irish with a series of odd traditions.

Where it was originally marked as a religious feast day where Lenten fasting observations were temporarily lifted to commemorate Saint Patrick, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and Irish heritage and culture, Saint Patrick’s Day is now affectionately associated with activities such as going to a pub or bar with a group of friends, drinking copiously, particularly items laced with green food colouring such as those thoroughly enticing/disgusting green beer concoctions, reciting clichéd Irish sayings in poor impersonations of Lucky Charms’ Lucky the Leprechaun, wearing plastic leprechaun hats, felt leprechaun hats, and t shirts that say things like, “Everyone loves an Irish girl/guy”, “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” or “Irish I were drunk,” and generally not remembering much of it the next day.

If you’re not into any of these Saint Patrick’s Day “traditions”, there are many other things you can do to celebrate the Irish culture and still feel great on March 18th while everyone else nurses coconut water and Gatorade and swears that they are never drinking again.

There are plenty of food options that are green by nature and don’t involve using your entire pantry’s supply of green food colouring, and which are actually really healthy for you, too! Indulge in a spinach and kale smoothie for breakfast, add some grilled asparagus to your dinner, avocados in your salad, kiwi in your fruit salad, or enjoy a delicious cup of matcha green tea at snack time.

Make a U2 playlist. Even if you aren’t Bono’s biggest fan doesn’t mean you can’t rock out to In the Name of Love.

After your U2 dance party, kick back with your green food treats and enjoy a Netflix marathon with episodes of The Fall, a TV series that is part crime drama, part psychological thriller which is set in Belfast, Ireland, and which features the increasingly popular Irish actor Jamie Dornan of 50 Shades of Grey fame.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at ZoomCharts! We hope it’s an enjoyable one, no matter how you choose to celebrate!

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