What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? For some it means wearing green or being pinched all throughout the day, while for others it means an excuse to drink beer from noon until night. For the people of Ireland, Irish-Americans, and many others, it means celebrating Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in the country of Ireland. Every year on March 17th people all over will attend parades and festivals, drink liters of green beer, wear green attire and shamrocks, and in some cases, attend mass.
While the majority of the population know about the tradition to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, not everyone knows the reasoning of other certain traditions done throughout the day. For one, it is believed that the reason for an excessive amount of drinking during the day to be a major part of the holiday tradition is because of the lifted Lenten restrictions of eating and drinking during the entire day.
Along with this, there is a tradition of “drowning the shamrock” where a shamrock is placed into a cup, covered in beer, and then toasted to St. Patrick and Ireland. Along with alcohol being a large part of the day's celebration, you can always count on traditional meals of shepherd’s pie or corned beef with cabbage to be served up throughout the day!
Unfortunately, this year St, Patrick’s Day falls on a Wednesday, aka, an American work day. So after you get off from your 9-5, sit back in one of our handcrafted Adirondack chairs, relax, and enjoy a cold pint fresh from your Leigh Country country cooler to celebrate this festive tradition. Cheers!