There are few days in the year were it is socially acceptable nay… expected to begin drinking before 5 pm. If you are of age, of course. St. Patrick’s Day is definitely one of those holidays that has flown under the radar until college.

First, a little history from the trusted Wikipedia:

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by many of non-Irish descent (Usually in the US and Ireland) Celebrations are generally themed around all things green and Irish; both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food, imbibing Irish drink, and attending parades.


St. Patrick’s Day is remarkably popular on many campuses (especially those associated with the Catholic Church). Check out if your student body has anything planned. LMU is busing people to bars starting at 5 am, hosting St. Patrick’s Day events all day, then culminating everything with a concert feat. Common and OK Go (aka those four guys on treadmills). It’s going to be a blast, for those that remember it.

For those who don’t happen to have their annual concert coincide with this worldwide holiday, there are still a few rules to follow:

  • Wear green. Duh.

  • An Irish Car Bomb is a shot of Irish whiskey and a shot of Irish cream dropped into Guinness. You may hear people on Saturday referring to these as either “breakfast,” “lunch,” or “dinner.”

  • Although it make seem like a good idea, taking “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirts literally may get you slapped in the face. Or not. Who knows?

  • Pace yourself. Those potato-eating contests are more difficult than they look.

Did we forget anything?