As St. Patrick’s Day rolls around this week we all have our own ideas of how to celebrate or not. As you move forward with preparations in your community to liven up the dining room on this day make sure you are aware of your resident’s perspectives. For some, the “Americanized” version of St. Patrick’s Day that is full of green food and drinks, shamrocks, and leprechauns chasing rainbows in search of gold is a fun way to enjoy the day. However, know that if you have Irish residents they may have an entirely different observance and expectation of this holiday which are rooted in much more meaningful and cultural traditions. Consider that to some Irish the symbolism of a leprechaun is actually insulting or offensive. We’re not saying that you can’t have fun with the holiday and find ways to spice up the atmosphere and menu on the day, but just be aware and culturally sensitive to those that will be joining each other at the dining table that day. Honor holidays with reverence for the meaning behind them instead of the commercialized version.
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