Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

What holiday is celebrated by pinching, drinking, and is green all over? Celebrated on the 17th of March every year, Saint Patrick’s day is a holiday enjoyed by people worldwide. People commonly wear green on this day and celebrate with symbols of shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold. The holiday originated in the 17th century as a religious holiday on the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. 

The color green and characters such as the Leprechaun became associated with the holiday through its connection with Ireland. In modern times, people tend to celebrate with alcohol, typically beer and whiskey, and some places serve festive green-dyed beer. Let’s discuss these, as well as some of the lesser-known traditions of St. Patrick’s Day.

About Saint Patrick’s Day

One of the largest celebrations of Saint Patrick’s Day occurs in Chicago, where the city pours green dye into the Chicago River. According to WalletHub, 50 pounds of green dye is used in the river, dyeing the river for 5 hours. Four hundred thousand people gather to watch the dyeing of the river, which has been a tradition since 1962.

Another fun tradition on St. Patrick’s Day is that the President of Ireland gifts a crystal ball of shamrocks to the President of the United States. This is a symbol of good faith between the two countries and is a symbol of the deep Irish heritage of the United States. In fact, the population of people with Irish ancestry in the United States is seven times the population of Ireland itself.

In modern times, this holiday has become synonymous with alcohol. Behind Mardi Gras and New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most significant drinking days of the year. Some say that the drinking tradition of St. Patrick’s Day can be traced back to its origins as a religious holiday. The day started as a feast held in honor of Saint Patrick, where Catholics could put aside their lent restrictions for the day. This soon evolved into the connection with alcohol that we recognize today.

WalletHub also found that drinkers on Saint Patrick’s Day consume an average of 4.2 drinks per person, and almost a third of men report binge drinking on St. Patrick’s Day. However you choose to celebrate or not celebrate this holiday, we here at Ople hope you stay safe on the roads on Saint Patrick’s Day.

The founders of Ople are not Irish, but who knows, with the luck of the Irish on Saint Patrick’s day we may get a green beer happy hour! We’re not excluding it from our happy hour forecasting model for the month of March.