St. Patrick’s Day – March 17

We’re giving you the green light to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March 17! We know you’ve commemorated this holiday in the past, but have you ever learned about why it exists? Today’s your lucky day, because we’re about to tell you. (We’re trying to fit as many St. Patty’s puns in here as possible. Can you tell?) St. Patrick’s Day is both a cultural and religious celebration. It falls on the date of the death of St. Patrick, who was a patron saint of Ireland. In the early 17th century, it was even made an official Christian feast! But now, people celebrate it all kinds of ways — from drinking green beer to wearing green clothing. Grab your beer (if you’re of legal drinking age) and let’s celebrate!

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Why We Love St. Patrick’s Day

A. There are parades everywhere
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that everyone loves to celebrate! There’s a parade in every major city (the largest and oldest one is in New York). And who doesn’t love parades? It’s the perfect opportunity to socialize with the neighborhood while marching around looking important. Get happy and gear up for your city’s parade!

B. It’s an excuse to wear green
Look around you — when’s the last time you saw someone wearing green for no reason? Even if green isn’t anybody’s “best” color, it still deserves some love! We know you have that one green shirt in the back of your closet that you’ve always been looking for an excuse to wear, and St. Patrick’s Day is it.

C. It’s the start of spring

Since St. Patrick’s Day is at the end of March, it’s so close to the beginning of spring. The cold is receding and everything is starting to grow again. It seems like there’s green all around … and that’s not even counting the St. Patrick’s Day apparel people are wearing. It’s a perfect time to go out and enjoy the newfound warmth.

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

1. Find a four-leaf clover
Four leaf clovers are extremely rare — but tradition says that, if you find one, you’ll experience amazing luck. Since St. Patrick’s Day is all about luck, you might want to try your hand at it this March 17! It’s still probably easier than winning the lottery.

2. Wear green
This is the easiest and most fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. Pull out the one green item of clothing you own and go to town! And we don’t want you to wimp out; putting a green scrunchie on your wrist doesn’t count. Remember those days in elementary school where people would pinch you for not wearing green? Channel the spirit of those kids and go all out. We’re talking green pants, green shirt, green everything.

3. Try green beer
Okay, we know this seems weird, but it’s a real St. Patty’s tradition. Take some friends to your local bar and try it together! It’ll taste just like normal beer, but be uniquely-holiday themed. Another option is to make your own — get some beer and experiment until you get that classic green hue.

Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Resources

The Real History of St. Patrick’s DayTime
Learn some little known facts about the holiday!

St. Patrick’s Day Facts, Myths, and TraditionsNational Geographic
Let’s debunk some St. Patty’s Day myths.

5 Peculiar Way to Turn Your Beer GreenTime
Get crazy this holiday with these weird methods.

St. Patrick’s Day Survey Results
Additional Findings
Wear green (30%)
Eat Irish food (13%)
I don’t plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (12%)
Pinch people who don’t wear green (9%)
Get drunk (8%)
Drink green beer (8%)
Go to a St. Patrick’s Day parade (6%)
Listen to Irish music (5%)
Watch an Irish movie (4%)
Go on a pub crawl (3%)
Go Irish dancing (2%)


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