It’s St. Patty’s day, and while it may be customary to drink like an Irish on this beloved day, I will not be partaking in this year’s festivities. One, I have work tomorrow. And two, moderation is not my strongest suit, and my body has entered the stage where it can’t bounce back like it used to.
Celebrated on March 17th of each year, St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland and Saint Patrick, a non-Irish descent patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick taught Christianity for 30 years until his passing on March 17th, 461 AD. Though St. Patrick’s Day falls during Lent, the restriction of drinking alcohol is lifted for this day hence the strong drinking and feasting tradition tied to this celebration. According to USA.com, analysts predict that over 13 million pints of Dublin-based beer will be consumed today compared to an average 600,000 pint daily intake.
Aside from binge drinking, wearing green is another tradition of St. Patty’s day. Interestingly, this hasn’t always been the case. Blue was the original color associated to this day, but being an Irish holiday, green dominated. In addition, St. Patrick taught the holy trinity to the Irish pagans using a clover. Legend also has it that wearing green makes one invisible to leprechauns, so you can’t be pinched!
The Chicago River is dyed green on St. Patty’s Day, a family tradition held by the Butler and Rowan family. Check out this cool timelapse:
So if you ever wondered how these traditions came about…there you have it! Now back to me.
- Watching An Idiot Abroad on Netflix – wry humor yet highly entertaining.
- Writing an email response
- Reading St. Patrick’s Day traditions as research for this post
- Feeling uncomfortably full
- Drinking water
- Eating I had a mushroom chicken bowl from Panda Express
- Listening An Indie Love Affair playlist on Spotify
- Thinking about whether I should line up at Shake Shack this week
- Smelling Chinese food
- Wishing traffic won’t be as bad once I leave the office
- Hoping for a response
- Wearing mauve button up and a black skirt
- Loving the Corrs
- Wanting a new career – still.
- Needing a good cup of coffee. I plan to check this place out this weekend.
- Clicking My Myspace profile – oh sweet goodness