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St. Patrick’s Shenanigans

March 16, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day, a time where everyone indulges in their inner Irish. It is a global celebration of Irish culture normally falling on March 17th, luckily on a Saturday this year. I think it is important to give historical context when we celebrate a holiday, so St. Patrick’s day particularly remembers (as the name would suggest) St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

Being 12.5 percent Irish myself, naturally, I too will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I perused the Internet for ‘funny articles’ to get my creative juices a flowing (since I was lacking in the humor department this week, and I found an article on Mental Floss entitled “15 Things You Might Not Know about St. Patrick’s Day.” To avoid breaking an educational amendment of plagiarism, I am not going to regurgitate fifteen facts but rather share ones that we, as college students, are particularly trying to get down with.

1. We should really wear BLUE! (?!?!) What…this definitely ruins my outfit game plan for the celebrations. However, Saint Patrick’s color was a blue, a light shade. The color green only became tied to the celebration after the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.

2. It used to be a dry holiday. That’s right people, no booze for you. Up until 1970, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant no pubs and definitely no beers for the Irish. As we know it today, some of us (responsibly, of course) drink a beer or two.

However you may be celebrating or not, Saint Patrick’s Day, remember to be safe, make okay choices and bring out your inner Irish, Saint Patrick will thank you.

Emily Manassah
contributing Writer

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