Whether you view the holiday as a religious one or you jump into it strictly for the party, St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to celebrate the rebirth of spring which follows only three days later on March 20th. Every town, county and even state celebrates St. Patrick’s Day differently. In general, the theme is basically the same: great music, great food & drink, great company, and green everything!
It is believed that the use of green to symbolize St. Patrick’s Day could be because of the theory that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a teaching tool to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland during his life as a Christian. However, St. Patrick’s Day has grown to be more about the celebration of Irish culture than just the life of St. Patrick. The color green could also be symbolic of Ireland itself with its vast green countryside.
Parades displaying men in Irish garb playing bagpipes and traditional Irish music are not uncommon during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It is also not uncommon to come across a green beer or two during the day. Hey, it’s a party, right? Of course, it’s always fun to partake in a few adult beverages when the time is right. Just be sure to do it responsibly and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle to drive after having more than your limit of those green beers.
According to www.bloodalcoholcalculator.org an average 150 lb woman can become impaired after drinking just two 12 ounce glasses of beer. So, if you are planning on having any more than one drink on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure you have a designated driver to get you home. Keep everyone safe during St. Patrick’s Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you!