St.Patty’s Day

…as described by a university student.


Recently I was faced with the task of explaining St.Patrick’s Day to a Dutchmen. Why I am writing this is because I am constantly amazed by the things I do as a pop culture student that I don’t even question.
We study traditions and I can’t explain why on the 17th we all get plastered. So here is my attempt to explain st.pattys day.
Everything is green.
I know, it is a weird tradition but everyone goes “Irish” and wears all green.
Tons of beer.
Because going “Irish” only means you drink a shit ton of alcohol. Obviously.
The beer is green.
But in true St. Patty’s Day fashion the beer you are chugging should have at minimum 3 drops of green food colouring in it.
Puking green.
Bonus points to those of you waking up at 3 am wearing an orange wig, wrapped around the toilet, spewing green. (It’s part of the tradition)
Exam tip day.
I could leave out the academic side of the holiday. Every teacher is obligated to act like they have no idea where their class is and then proceed to give out all the exam tips.
But overall, a true test of the willing.
Day keggers, bar crawls, pubs and parties are all there to test your ability to be Irish.
I’ll never understand this holiday or why we wear green, but that doesn’t mean I won’t have at least 1 green beer today.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!


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