Manner Monday: St. Patrick’s Day Etiquette

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This happy holiday honors Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461) who is one of the most universally recognized patron saints of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day became an official ‘feast’ day in the early 17th century, and has grown into a well-known celebration of Irish culture. Not only is the holiday associated with wearing something green, but also with the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating certain foods and drinking alcohol.

If you’re wearing green and entering into the spirit of this fun holiday, here are few tips to keep you from feeling like a wayward leprechaun long after the celebration has past.

  • Don’t forget to wear green! If you’re already out of the house and you did forget – then swing by the store and pick up a pin/button to save yourself from getting ‘pinched’.
  • Green skivvies don’t count – we really don’t want to see you ‘drop-your-drawers’ to prove a point!
  • If you come across someone who forgot to wear green – go easy on him or her. If you don’t know them, pass on the pinch. If it’s someone whom you feel perfectly comfortable with, keep it lighthearted with a jovial and gentle ‘pinch’ to the arm. No pinching on the backside – keep it PG and professional folks!
  • If you’re celebrating the holiday after 5 o’clock and imbibing green ‘adult’ beverages – keep it to a minimum. You don’t want to find yourself taking cover under a four-leaf clover tomorrow morning.
  • Be careful with the Irish impersonations. The last thing you want to do is offend someone – not to mention coming across as annoying and irritating.
  • And don’t forget to eat some corned beef and cabbage!

Happy Manner Monday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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