Party Tips for Holidays in March
March is chock full of religious celebrations, political holidays, and fun get-togethers. If you’re planning on holding a party (or several) this March, here are some ideas for four of the month’s big holidays.
St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day, traditionally celebrated March 17, honors the Paton Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, who is credited as bringing Christianity to the country, according to Holiday Insights. However, here in America, the holiday is celebrated in a much more casual way, with overcrowded pubs and bars, parades and, of course, shamrock glasses.
Cool things you could do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day could include making special a shamrock garland out of colored paper to hang in your home, creating Irish food such as traditional Irish Stew, and gathering your friends together to watch some Irish-themed films, such as “Finian’s Rainbow,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Leap Year.”
Passover: Jews look forward to the family-centered celebration of Pesach, which commences this year on March 25. Sitting around the dinner table and telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt is an important way to keep traditions alive and teach children the meaning of the holiday. If you’re looking for way to refresh this ancient practice, there are many ways to update the old traditions.
Celebrating with the very young? Consider acting out some part of the story, or offering visual aids such as plastic frog and insect toys while discussing the plagues. Or, delight your guests with special kosher for Passover dishes, such as charoset recipes from around the world.
International Earth Day: International Earth Day, celebrated on the Vernal Equinox, was created by John McConnell of Davis City, Iowa, according to Holiday Insights. McConnell’s proposed the creation of the holiday in 1969 and soon gained support from the UN General Secretary at the time, U Thant. The holiday became official March 21, 1971.
Ways to celebrate International Earth Day include educating yourself and others on the importance of recycling, gardening and other green ways of living; starting an outdoor garden; or giving time to a conservation group or charity, such as Auntie Litter.
Easter: This year, Easter will be March 31, 3013 and the religious holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Christians, this is one of the most important times of year, the other being Christmas, the holiday celebrating Jesus’ birth.
Christians typically celebrate the day with a big Easter dinner, sometimes including Hot Cross Buns. But, if you want to indulge in the more secular side of Easter, you can always give Easter baskets to children and hold Easter egg hunts.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you spark the creativity you need to hold your next March party.