St. Patty’s Day: The Aftermath

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All over the world, well at least Ireland and the countries that pretend to have very strong connections to Ireland, there are people waking up hungover. Every other holiday seems to have the next day off to recover, but not St. Patty’s Day.

So there will be people underperforming, eating very greasy food, and asking what they did last night. I don’t know, but I think, that the day after St. Patrick’s Day might be the biggest of the hangover days. And if you factor in the appearance of this holiday not necessarily falling on a Friday or Saturday like this year, the days that make up the St. Patrick’s Day weekend dwarf the runner-up New Year’s Eve. That’s because most people just count them as one.

New Year’s Eve is a big day, second only to Valentine’s Day, where it is oh so important what you do and whether or not you have a date. So the amount of alcohol consumed is less-sadness and depression are already affecting the brain’s activity and therefore you’ve already got a head start and those that have a date may still be sad or depressed or are worried about the impression they create. But March 17 doesn’t have any requirements other than you wear green (and the codes are very relaxed) and drink beer. Or Jameson. Or pretty much anything you choose. People are happy, they start drinking early and since there’s no family to worry about getting into trouble with, it’s a free ride. Even those that celebrate it as a family (who really are Irish) give each other a mulligan.

Yep that’s it, everybody just puts on green and drinks. Few know what they’re really celebrating. Few know that originally blue was the color of the day and that Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. I don’t see a lot of church going in modern times. Nope, just buying silly hats, beads and glitter wigs. Giving the bars, apropos restaurants and liquor companies a chance to go “ahhhh.”

All in good fun. Hope everyone did have fun. Me, I don’t drink anymore so I feel great and it reminds me of one of the funniest lines I’ve ever heard – “No one ever wakes up the next morning and says ‘Man, I wish I would have drank last night.'”