By Jay Edwards

Drinking too much green beer on St. Patrick’s Day is a longstanding tradition, well in America at least. Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t a big party in Ireland until after Irish-Americans started doing it? Here’s four more traditions that aren’t actually Irish that you might do today…

1. Pinching people for not wearing green was invented in America. Pinch someone in Ireland for not wearing green and you might end up with a pint tossed on you.

2. Drinking green beer- That’s another one we came up with over here and  most bars in Ireland don’t serve it. If you want to be authentic, drink Guinness or Irish whiskey instead.

3. Drinking Irish Car Bombs- That’s just an excuse to get hammered! What is an Irish Car Bomb? It’s when you drop a shot of Irish whiskey and Bailey’s into a pint of Guinness and chug it. A guy in Connecticut came up with it in 1979 and that’s not Connecticut, Ireland.

4. Wearing green leprechaun top hats isn’t a tradition in Irish folklore. In fact, leprechauns wore pointy hats and they were RED. Not to mention that St. Patrick was traditionally associated with the color blue.

You can read more St. Patty’s day facts like these here: (AOL / Eater / Bustle)


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