St. Patrick’s Day
In Ireland and around the world, St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17th (and in Dublin for five days!) in honor of its patron saint.
Notable St. Patrick’s Day festivities include large parades (150,000 marchers participate in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade), the “wearing of the green" (folks dressed in green top hats and shamrocks), the green dying of the river in Chicago, and general merriment by people of Irish decent, as well as other non-Irish party goers.
And in traditional Irish manner “Green" beer and Irish Coffee toasts abound . . .
- May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead
- May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again.
ESL students may enjoy sharing in a discussion of celebratory toasts from their native countries, as they discuss the Irish toasts while sampling a serving of Irish Coffee with each other.
Typically, Irish Coffee is made with Irish whiskey; however, the following International Delight® recipe is appropriate for an English as a Second Language classroom environment.
Irish Coffee Delight
8 ounces of hot coffee
¼ cup Irish Crème flavored International Delight®
1 tbsp. Vanilla ice cream