St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but we know him better for the holiday we celebrate in his name every year, St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to St. Patrick, one day out of the year it is socially acceptable for everyone to drink green beverages and pinch others that are not wearing green. While St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated there are thousands of other saints - 8,050 to put a number on it - who are not recognized. Here is a list of nine saints who should absolutely have their own holiday.
1) St. Arnold
Move over St. Patrick! St. Arnold is the patron saint of beer. He may be deceased, but he has a Texas brewery named after him, Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Who wouldn't love this holiday?
2. St. Bibiana
St. Bibiana is the patron saint of hangovers. This holiday would do well to follow St. Arnold's!
3. St. Isidore
St. Isidore is the patron saint of the Internet. No, the Internet did not exist when he was alive. Yes, this is real life.
4. St. Drogo
St. Drogo is the patron saint of coffee houses and unattractive people. Talk about a double whammy.
5. St. Vitus
St. Vitus was the patron saint of comedians, dancers and actors. Everyone deserve a little recognition.
6. St. Benedict of Nursia
St. Benedict is the patron saint of spelunkers. Imagine, a holiday set aside just for exploring caves.
7. St. Joseph of Cupertino
St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of aviation (due to his ability to levitate) and of students and test takers.
8. St. Gertrude of Nivelles
St. Gertrude is the patron saint of cats, and was probably the most popular of the saints. If anyone deserves a holiday, it's Gertrude.
9. St. Catherine of Alexandria
St. Catherine of Alexandria is interesting because she has a widespread patronage. For everything from nurses, craftsmen, potters, preachers and scholars to hat makers and unmarried girls, St. Catherine of Alexandria was the go-to patron saint. What have you done lately?