As a bartender, there’s a special place in my heart for St. Patrick’s Day. Not only is it the greatest drinking holiday of the year, but everyone is full of childish cheer and laughter. After all, St. Patty’s Day is almost always during spring break, so you can bet your beer that you’ll be joined by happy college students at the bar.
Despite the cheer and pointed fun at the holiday, March 17 is actually a serious affair. It was meant to be a religious celebration held on the day Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died. The holiday celebrates him and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as the culture of the Irish in general. Try not to pretend to be Irish today, you might actually just start a fight and I’d prefer not to get green beer all over the bar.
With the minor history lesson out of the way, get your green clothes ready and prepare yourselves. St Patrick’s Day jokes and memes are here to celebrate.