This year Saint Patrick's Day and Purim are on the same day, which hasn’t occurred since 1957.
“So, what’s the big deal?” you may be asking yourself. Assuming that you’re familiar with the bibulous tendencies of Saint Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about Purim. (If you’re not familiar with Saint Patrick’s Day, I suppose you could Google it.)
Purim is the only Jewish holiday to specifically promote drinking to excess. This tradition comes from the Talmud in which Rabbi Rava suggests that people should drink on Purim until they can "no longer distinguish between arur Haman (often translated as “enemy”) and baruch Mordechai (often translated as “friend”)." In other words, it’s sort of a peace holiday brought about by drinking.
Incidentally, people also dress up and make special foods, so it’s sort of like Halloween at a small liberal arts college.
But back to the Great Conjunction. Since Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the previous night, this means that a Jewish Irishman of extraordinary stamina would begin drinking at 7:00 PM (if he lived, in let’s say, Saint Albans, VT) on March 16th, and drink straight through until 2 AM on March 18th.
Isn't Saint Patrick's Day...Problematic?
Now, a brief note on Saint Patrick’s Day. Many modern pagans and heathens prefer not to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on account of the fact that he was beatified for expelling the pagans from Ireland. It is also plausibly claimed that this was yet another “borrowed” pagan holiday brought into alignment with the Christian calendar. There is also the more obvious complaint that ribald intoxication associated with Irish American heritage is more than a little problematic.
Obviously, invent an inclusive holiday called March Drinking Day and throw a huge (virtual) party!
Now, we absolutely do not condone a 31 hour bender as outlined above. Sleep is important, friends. (And, as always, please drink responsibly.) But we can’t let this amazing conjoined holiday slip past us!
Over the next few days, we’re going to be announcing a bunch of virtual events and activities on several different platforms, but order your March Drinking Day Set now so it arrives in time!
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Golden apple of Discord is my new favorite mead from Groennfell. The apple combined with the other notes really mixes for a delicious drink that goes down smooth. The longer you roll it on the tongue the better it gets. I usually don't finish a whole bottle but I couldn't help it with this! Do yourself a favor and pick up a case!
This 1 was fantastic! Got 2 bottles alongside a bottle of delicious Heggir! 😋 Golden Apple or Discord is basically Vanir, which is always good, but blended with some rather tasty apple goodness! I thoroughly enjoyed it! If & when it comes back around, I highly recommend grabbing yourself a bottle...or 3! 😅
This one has the intro of Valkyries Choice but has a nice Oak woodsy finish to it. It has a pleasant small too, almost like oak wood barrel and champagne together. Could be the combination with the honey. It’s smooth and delightful!
Although I can't say that this is quite as good this time around as the last time (the maple sweetness wasn't as pronounced as last time), it's still quite good and if you love ginger! I have still enjoyed drinking it.
It is delicious. The spice gives hints of nutmeg and the finish give hints of pumpkin pie, cozy celebrations with good company.