New Year's Eve & St. Patrick's Day
Can you think of a holiday where getting drunk is de rigueur? How about two?
The last day of every year, people tend to go a little bit overboard on their alcohol consumption. And, what's the drink of choice for most on New Year's Eve: champagne. One of champagne's definitions means "anything considered the best or luxurious," and that's how most people want to feel as they say "goodbye" to the old year and hope for better things in the new one.
And, we can't forget St. Patrick's Day, either. A holiday dedicated to the patron saint who brought Catholicism to Ireland, it also was a dry holiday in Ireland until the 1970s. However, Irish immigrants made it into what it is today, using it as a holiday to binge on drink (and food) as a permanent excuse (1 day only) from Lent.
Bonus: Mardi Gras has a place here, too.