A Quick Guide to Etiquette on St. Patrick's Day

Young tourist taking a selfie with her smartphone during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on 5th Avenue in New York City

St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland and a celebratory day in many other parts of the world.

Though the religious aspects of the day are observed by many people, the secular aspects are what the holiday is most known for.

Wearing green, decorating with shamrocks, eating corned beef and cabbage, and drinking Irish lager and whiskey are how most of us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Any event that encourages imbibing needs a word of caution.

The majority of St. Patrick’s celebrations are public – parades, festivals, etc. We’ve compiled a short list to help keep you in check as you celebrate the luck of the Irish!

Know your limits. If your pot ‘o gold happens to contain alcohol, it pays to know how much you can enjoy before you get too tipsy. If you are out celebrating for several hours, have a glass of water in between drinks and pace yourself carefully.

Make mischief, not enemies. All ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts should not be taken literally. Know who you are joking around with and, again, what your limits are.

Smiling guy during St Patrick's day party

Although St. Patrick himself is said to have started the drinking tradition by scolding an innkeeper on his lack of “generosity” with a shot of whiskey, there is no religious reason to overdo it.

However, it is still a day worth celebrating. On that note, we offer you this Irish Toast:

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

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