Today is St. Patrick’s Day; celebrate accordingly

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully, you’re wearing something green and checking out some macOS and iOS apps to celebrate.

St. Patrick’s Day Mahjong is a $0.99 game available at the Mac App Store and compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. It sports six original tile layouts with, of course, St. Patrick’s Day tiles and artwork. 

With St. Patrick’s Day Mahjong, you can keep track of your high score and best time. The game offers undo, hint, and shuffle buttons.

Mahjong is a tile-based game that originated in China. Similar to the Western card game Rummy, it’s a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.

There are several St. Patrick’s Day apps available for iOS devices. St. Patrick’s Daymation is a free app that counts down the days to St. Patrick’s Day and jots the results on a virtual “old school chalkboard.”

A St. Patrick’s Day Quizzle (St. Patrick’s Day Quizzle) is a free quiz app about the festive day. It has over 300 questions.

St. Patrick’s Day Hidden Objects is a seek-and-find game with 35-plus levels. It’s free, but does tout in-app purchases.

A St. Patrick’s Day Stacker is a stacking game in which players see how high they can stack items related to the holiday. It’s free but does offer in-app purchases.

Floppy Leapy Leprechaun is game in which you play as Patty and leap about, grabbing coins, collecting power-ups, and more. It’s free, but touts in-app purchases.

Tri Peaks is a free Solitaire game with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.

Out of Luck is a free game in which you must help Leary the Leprechaun find his lost gold.

Sky Rhyder is a free game in which you must help Paddy outrun nightfall and reach his goal at the end of the rainbow.

Bouncing Leprechauns is a free game in which leprechauns are falling out of the sky. Tap on them to keep ‘em off the ground. If even one hits, it’s game over.

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a lot of green.

Why green? The color can be tied to several things, including Ireland's flag, its nickname as the "Emerald Isle," the shamrock (which is an important symbol in the story of Saint Patrick) and spring.