St. Patrick's Day Traditions
The greenest of all holidays, St. Patrick's Day offers the world the opportunity to immerse itself in Irish culture. This is a day of three-leaf clovers, leprechauns, pots of gold, corned beef hash, Irish folk music, and if you're over 21, lots of beer. While some aspects have roots in Irish tradition, there are certainly other elements of this holiday that have been Americanized.
What started as a religious holiday in Ireland, the holiday became more of a celebration that Irish Americans created. One of the signature elements of the holiday in the United States is the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, which enables Irish Americans to demonstrate their numbers, their colors and their pride for their heritage. In addition, wearing a shamrock, or 3-leaf clover, is also a traditional symbol of Irish pride. At the end of the day, many people "drown the shamrock" by putting the clover in a shot of whiskey.
As for traditional food and drink, a meal of corned beef and cabbage, washed down with a pint or to of Guinness beer makes the day complete.
St. Patrick was actually not Irish, but instead from Great Britain. Early in his life, he was an atheist, but was enslaved in Ireland and there found religion. After escaping 17 years of slavery he ended up going back to Ireland as a missionary. March 17th is widely accepted as the day he died, hence the date for the holiday.
- Green clothing
- Leprechaun outfit (optional)
- Guinness beer
- Corned Beef and Cabbage
- A happy mood