Party: A Lil’ History and Traditions for St. Patrick’s Day

16 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17, and better yet, it’s on a Saturday this year, so we’ll have all of Sunday afternoon to sleep off the horrible hangover we’re gonna earn.

Now, besides being a perfect opportunity to get wasted (responsibly of course *side eye*), St. Patrick’s Day is also a holiday with a beautiful cultural history. March 17 is the Catholic feast day of Saint Patrick, the most widely-known patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was thought to have worked as a missionary in Ireland in the second part of the 5th century. March 17 is considered the day of his death.

St. Patrick’s feats are said to include driving all snakes out of Ireland, using the shamrock to teach people the Christian concept of God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and speaking to two Irish warriors born in ancient times. It’s also said that the walking stick St. Patrick used, made of dead ash wood, grew into a living tree while he was evangelizing. Pretty cool, even though today we use it as an excuse to consume erroneous amounts of green adult beverages, and sweets.

So, what are some ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Well, wearing green is an easy one and will protect you from being pinched! In early American folklore, it was thought that leprechauns would sneak up on and pinch anyone they could see, but they couldn’t spot those wearing green. So, people who didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day would be pinched as a reminder. Of course, if you wanna go a little crazy, you can put temporary green die in your hair or get green clip-on hair extensions instead.

You could also, y’know, go to church. Even if you aren’t religious, it’s a nice day to check out fancy old Catholic churches in your city, if only to drive by and snap a few photos.

Of course, the big way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day today is by getting drunk (responsibly of course, drinking is driving is beyond idiotic, so don’t do it). Green beer is a popular choice at bars and parties across the country.

So, make plans with the girls or guys for Saturday night and get ready to party. Have fun, stay out all night, sleep in all morning, and wake up just in time to untag yourself from those goofy Facebook photos.

 

 

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