Why do we eat corned beef and cabbage on St Patrick’s?

‘Irish Americans’ eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day- as a memory of their forebears who left Ireland all those years ago. However, it’s a false memory. When the Irish emigrated to the States, particularly in the 19th century, more often than not the Irish and the Jewish communities congregated together in the … Read more

Is St. Patrick’s Day a religious holiday?

Saint Patrick was revered in Ireland for bringing Christianity to the island. Remembering the date of his death on March 17th has taken place for centuries. That date was recognized as one of 35 feast and fasting days in Ireland since the fifteenth century. Pope Urban VIII added Saint Patrick’s Day to the church calendar … Read more

Why do Americans celebrate Saint Patrick’s day which is an Irish holiday?

St. Patrick’s Day began as a remembrance of an honored bishop and later saint. Events were religious in nature including prayers, masses, and pilgrimages to places representing important events in Patrick’s life. In the time it became more celebratory and included markets and fairs. The Irish diaspora remembered the day as they moved to other … Read more