St Paddy’s Day Traditions

Saint Patrick’s Day or St Paddy’s Day – NOT Patty’s!

Every year on March 17th it seems the whole world is Irish. Everyone wears green (or else they may get pinched), they drink green beer (a Chicago tradition) and eat corned Beef & Cabbage.

Wearing of Green and/or Orange

The fact is the original color for St Patrick’s Day was blue. However, as fate would have it, this has become green. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, there is Green in the flag and after all the clover/shamrock is green.

Many often wear Orange as well as, or in addition to, the traditional green. Orange symbolizes the Protestants and Green the Catholics. Like on the flag – the white band represents the peace between the two.

Here’s a good article on the wearing of Orange:
Why You Should Wear Orange This Saint Patrick’s Day

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Another common tradition on St Paddy’s Day is eating Corned Beef & Cabbage. Actually, this isn’t an Irish dish. This dates back to the 19th century, when most Irish immigrants were poor and could only afford the cheapest meat possible, corned beef. As for cabbage, it’s most likely included simply because it’s a spring vegetable.

Here’s an article about Corned Beef:
Corned Beef and Cabbage: As Irish as Spaghetti and Meatballs

I hope this clears up a few items.

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