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Get Decked Out in Green and Learn All About St. Patrick’s Day

Learn All About St. Patrick’s Day

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these facts.

As we get dressed in our finest green attire and enjoy a plate of corned beef and cabbage, it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Get into the spirit of the holiday by learning more about it. Here are some facts about St. Patrick’s Day that may be of interest to those of us who are unfamiliar with this holiday.

Who was St. Patrick?  He is the primary patron saint of Ireland.  St. Patrick died on March 17, 461.  The Roman Catholic Church actually never canonized him, so officially, he isn’t a saint in the Catholic Church!

  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States in 1762.
  • The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue, but green became popular in Ireland in the 18th century when the Irish fought for independence from England.
  • Corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick’s Day staple. While the dish is eaten in Ireland, it’s often said that the dish has roots from the United States.  Corned beef was said to be more affordable than ham for Irish immigrants living on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. And thus the tradition was born.

What is corned beef exactly?  It’s beef that is cured with rock salt, or brined for a week and then boiled.  Salting beef was used to cure meats so that they wouldn’t spoil without refrigeration, way back in our history.  Corned beef was first exported from Ireland throughout the world, but in the early 1800’s Ireland was surpassed by other countries.  It’s important to note that because it had such a shelf life and was transportable, it was used as a staple during the World Wars by our soldiers.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in celebrating Irish-American heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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