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Have Fun (and Stay Sober) on St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is recognized as the fourth most-celebrated drinking day in America, after New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and the Fourth of July. For that reason, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been viewed in the recovery community as a time to stay inside. Yes, best to be away from all the drunken hoopla and possible triggers. But what about this year, instead of laying low and waiting it out, we try having some sober fun on St. Patrick’s Day in Boise?

St. Patrick’s Day is Sobering Up

The expected tradition of binge drinking on St. Patrick’s Day appears to be enjoying a reconsideration in recent years. As more  people try a “sober curious” lifestyle in the wake of COVID-19, the automatic decision to drink on St. Patrick’s Day falls under new scrutiny. Of course, embracing Irish heritage—whether you’re Irish by blood or just in spirit—can be every bit as fun when booze isn’t on your guest list. Read on to for a few tips on how to take part in a St. Patrick’s Day worth remembering.

Look For Sober Community Events

Many communities host St. Patrick’s Day events that cater to all preferences, including those who prefer a sober celebration. Family-friendly parades and Irish cultural festivals are likely to be happening on St. Patrick’s Day in Boise, building community and fun on this special day.

Besides, St. Patrick’s Day in Boise can be a blast! You can get creative with pottery and ceramics at places like The Potter’s Center or make something useful and gorgeous with Wood Creations Boutique or Board & Brush. And speaking of gorgeous, the Boise Art Museum will have launched its Spring Exhibitions Celebration in early March.

For the more active among us, indoor rock climbing at The Commons Climbing Gym is a great St. Patrick’s Day idea. Also, the YMCA is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day River Dash in Boise on March 16.

Fix Some Mocktails

So much of the supposed fun of drinking is about being with friends, trying new flavors, and hoisting a glass special to the occasion. Guess what? You can keep all that fun stuff, even if you’re in recovery. Consider hosting a tasting party with refreshing nonalcoholic concoctions inspired by Irish colors and flavors.

Ever tried a Ginger Mojito Mocktail? What about a Mint Matcha Milkshake? Shamrock Slush? The possibilities are endless.

Remember, There’s More to Irish Heritage Than Drinking

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland isn’t the boozefest it is in many American cities? The Irish approach St. Patrick’s Day more like we Americans approach Thanksgiving, as a celebration of food, family, and the land to which they belong.

With that in mind, consider taking time to learn about the history, traditions, and folklore that define the spirited people of the Emerald Isle. Try a movie that centers Irish history and heritage, like “Angela’s Ashes” or “Waking Ned Devine” or make up a music playlist that explores popular Irish artists like Van Morrison, U2, Sinead O’Connor, the Undertones, and the Cranberries. You might even crack open a book by one of Ireland’s many great writers, from James Joyce and Samuel Beckett to Seamus Heaney and Edna O’Brien.

Of course, no St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without a few tasty treats. From hearty stews to numerous potato-based dishes, many options exist to tickle the tastebuds. Hosting a potluck with friends is a great way to share the joys of food and camaraderie.

Get Mindful

St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate and be joyful, and doing so mindfully can enhance the experience. For instance, practice mindfulness through activities like meditation, yoga, or reflective journaling. Taking a moment to appreciate the day’s festivities without alcohol can lead to a deeper, more meaningful celebration.

Ultimately, a sober St. Patrick’s Day celebration creates the opportunity for lasting memories that go beyond the haze of alcohol-fueled merriment. By immersing yourself in Irish culture and heritage in a healthier, more mindful way, you can come to realize the true shamrock spirit.

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