Happy St. Patrick’s everyone! As I write this, I am 2 green beers down, and the corned beef and cabbage* are in the slow cooker. I usually like to look up holidays, and I actually found out a bit of interesting information about St Patrick’s Day, and the customs surrounding it. I don’t think I can type up a properly eloquent essay, so you get bullets.
- The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue. It was gradually changed to green.
- Shamrocks, and the use of same imagery comes from a legend that claims that St Patrick used a shamrock, which has three leaves, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
- In Ireland, St. Patrick’s day is a religious holiday more than an ale-soaked frat party like it is here in the States. Not that an ale-soaked frat party is a bad thing.
- * Corned beef and cabbage is not considered a native dish in Ireland, though in the Renaissance era, they had a similar dish. Modern corned beef was adopted by the Irish immigrants in New York. Corned beef, after being smoked, is pastrami.
- Lenten restrictions against eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for St. Patrick’s day, allowing the faithful to imbibe along with the rest.
That is my five minutes of wikipedia for you all. And since (in ‘Murica, at least) this is a drinking holiday, allow me to link a video appropriate to the holiday.