Why People Drink on St. Patrick’s Day?
The traditional feast day evolved into a greater celebration including not only St. Patrick, but also Irish culture and traditions. The feast day began in Ireland and consumption of alcohol seems to be inextricably linked to this day.  You may just think that its just a way the young and raucous group can have an excuse to drink to excess. But, really there is a reason why alcohol has long been a part of this worldwide celebration.  Here’s a little history to help understand the holiday and the man in whose honor the celebration occurs.

The St. Patrick’s Day tradition began as a feast day held in honor of St. Patrick on the anniversary of the day he died. Christians are allowed to stop their Lenten restrictions on consumption on this day, which is why excessive drinking has become so permanently linked to the celebration.  The first St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America and this tradition became exceptionally popular in the 1840s, when hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants came to America to escape the potato famine. 

The shamrock has become linked to St. Patrick because, according to legend, he used the three leaves of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people.  In order to display their Irish-Christian pride and to honor St. Patrick, Irish people began to wear a shamrock on their clothing. Eventually, this practice evolved into wearing green clothes on the holiday.

Drinking green drinks has become a part of the day from green beer to appletinis or cucumber melon martinis.  On this day in particular, the old Irish saying rings particularly true: “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.”

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