St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, which means it’s right around the corner. A holiday associated with clovers, leprechauns, and the Emerald Isle, there are tons of traditions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day, and this holiday has a rich history behind it.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was celebrated in New York in 1762. The holiday was brought over from Ireland, which recognizes the patron of the country, Patrick. St. Patrick was actually a British subject who moved to Ireland as a young man. He later became a priest and evangelist—one reason the Irish holiday is much more pious in its home country.
Traditions include parades, river dying, great food, and drinks. One of the classic dishes of the holiday is corned beef and cabbage, while Guinness stout is one of the most popular drinks. If you’re looking for a phrase to say during the holiday, try “Erin go braugh” (“Ireland forever”) and “slainte” (“cheers”).
According to Allstate, St. Patrick’s Day can unfortunately be a dangerous holiday, largely because there are a number of drunk drivers on the road. Be sure to get a designated driver or a cab if you plan on drinking during this holiday. Always plan a safe way home before you go out, and be sure to report any intoxicated drivers you see on the road.
At Diamond Auto Group, we can’t wait to celebrate the upcoming Irish holiday safely!