Apparently it depends on who you are and where you live. It isn't necessarily controversial, but people who are loyalists, or Protestants don't necessarily celebrate it as vehemently as people who are republican, or Catholic. In fact, many don't celebrate it at all. It is a big day/night for the bars here, but I would venture to say it still isn't as big as it is in Chicago, or Boston, or even Peoria. People don't really get all dressed up in green and no one drinks green beer. AND they don't eat corned beef and cabbage - EVER. I know...so many disappointments.
Now it is definitely a different story if you go down into the Republic, like, let's say...Dublin. I still don't think they drink green beer, but it sounds like there is much more of a big party going on in honor of their Patron Saint.
However, I wasn't going to let any of this stop me from celebrating it with my family. And luckily it was one of the volunteer's birthday, so we not only got to have a St. Patrick celebration, but we also got to enjoy an entire menu of delicious German food with it. :) (The volunteer is from Germany by the way.)
Just so you don't think we let the day go by without any sort of festivities, I have documented some of our happenings throughout Saturday....
One of the volunteers dyed our milk green for us. The boys have never had so much calcium in their lives. They were so excited about the new drink, I even heard Liam tell Miles, "It tastes like candy!"
We walked into town in the morning because it was so nice, and then we were so taken by the fun atmosphere around the pubs, that we decided to stop and eat lunch at one that was playing music and had an Irish Stew and Guiness special. Unfortunately since it was an impromptu trip and we hadn't intended on lingering, and because I didn't have any eye makeup on...this is the only picture from our walk. :)
After naps we decided to make some festive "green" velvet cupcakes.