St. Patrick’s Day may be one of the most popular holidays in Ireland and the US, but many people don’t know its traditions. Learn more about the Irish feast day and get ready for some celebrating!
Most of us are well aware of the modern-day traditions that make up St. Patrick’s Day. However, the story behind this Irish holiday is a lot less well known! In fact, much has changed since the days of the Irish missionary, known as Saint Patrick. While he may have spread Christianity and informed people about the Holy Trinity, there’s more to this day than history. Share your own traditions on your favorite family app!
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration took place in the year 1631 on March 17th. It was started as a feast day to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland, who lived in the 5th century.
As the story goes, Saint Patrick was born as Maewyn Succat in Roman Britain in the 4th century. He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped capture, only to return in 432 to convert the Irish people to Christianity. His name, Patrick, comes from the name he took on when he became a priest. He passed away on March 17, 461 what established the famous holiday’s date.
There are plenty of myths around St. Patrick’s Day origins and the man behind the name. Fortunately, we can dispel a few of the most common ones for you! Be sure to share your own knowledge about this holiday on FamilyApp.
Many familiar traditions make up the famed St. Patrick’s Day. Some have been around since the beginning, while others have adapted over time!
Check out our very own Corned Beef & Cabbage recipe below!
A traditional Irish recipe perfect for St. Patrick's Day festivities!
corned beef brisket (with spice packet)
red potatoes (small)
carrots (peeled and cut into 3-in. pieces)
head of cabbage (large, cut into small wedges)
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Put corned beef into large pot (or Dutch oven) and cover with water. Mix in the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Keeping the pot covered, bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for about 50 minutes per pound (or until meat is tender).
Next, place whole potatoes and carrots into the pot. Cook until vegetables are almost tender. Add in the cabbage and cook for about 15 more minutes. Remove meat, and let the vegetables sit for 15 more minutes.
Finally, put vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add a healthy portion of broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) until amount is as desired. Cut the meat across the grain for best results.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to get out the green! The traditions may have changed over the years, but there’s something fun for everyone to do. Do you have any plans for St. Patrick’s Day 2020? Share them with us in our comments! Whether you attend a parade or dress up all green, take part in the Irish holiday celebrations!