Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated across Canada and other regions of the world to recognize St. Patrick as the symbol of freedom, forgiveness, and love. Parades, feasts, music, beer, and the colour green are just a few ways to celebrate and commemorate St. Patrick’s story as a hero of helping hundreds of people find peace and freedom during his time of enslavement in Ireland. This holiday is an opportunity for us as Canadians to celebrate our diverse backgrounds and cultures to commemorate our peace and freedom – that is, with a lot of beer, food, and wearing shades of green as part of the Irish culture!
Why is wearing green such a big deal on this holiday, anyway? Traditionally, it was believed that wearing green would make you invisible to leprechauns – whom were believed to pinch anyone they could see. Today, wearing green is often associated to bringing good luck (while some wear green to honor their Irish ancestors). In fact, if you present same-day store receipts totalling $100+ at Guest Services at Central City between March 11 and 17, you will receive a lucky green envelope enclosed with a mystery Central City Gift Card!
If you’re looking to add some shimmers of emerald to your outfit on St. Patrick’s Day, check out our fashionable clothing stores at Central City, including Le Château, Sirens, Urban Planet, Warehouse One, Alia n Tanjay, and more! And don’t forget to accessorize – find green shades (sunglasses), jewellery, and hair accessories at Ardene and Le Château.
Shine bright like a lucky shamrock with a dash of emerald eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, and nail polish. Find top-of-the-line cosmetic brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Smashbox, Lancôme, and more at Shoppers Drug Mart. For more budget-friendly cosmetic products, check out Walmart and Winners (and Shoppers Drug Mart). You can find a variety of tones of green amongst popular brands like L’Oreal, Revlon, CoverGirl, and more.
If you’re planning a get-together or celebratory dinner, you can find stylish green cutlery, dishware, kitchenware, and home décor and accents at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, and Winners. Seeking St. Patrick’s Day dish inspirations and dessert ideas (like shamrock sugar cookies)? Visit Black Bond Books for a selection of fun Irish fare cookbooks and recipes. Make sure to gather up some ingredients from Fresh Farm Produce, T&T Supermarket, and Walmart and create your own Irish fare at home, like this Whiskey Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball.
Most of all, St. Patrick’s Day would just not be complete without an overwhelming amount of Irish beer and whiskey. Visit the Central City Brew Pub and try a wide variety of craft beer along with some delicious wood-oven pizzas and burgers. Otherwise, visit the Central City Liquor Store and get yourself a fine bottle (or two) of liquor of your choice.
See more pinteresting ideas for St. Patrick’s Day on Central City’s St. Paddy’s Day Pinterest board here. And don’t forget to visit Guest Services at Central City between March 11 and 17 to redeem your lucky green envelope!