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15 March, 2016 0
St. Patrick's Day Traditions Chino Hills CA

The Reasons Behind St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations explained!

Break out the shamrocks and green t-shirt! Come March 17, it’s time to partake in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Be sure to deck yourself out in green and enjoy a plate of corned beef and cabbage. While these traditions are all in good fun, there’s reasoning behind the traditions.

Shamrocks.

The four leaf clover is widely recognized as a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. So where did it come from? Historically, the shamrock has largely been associated with Irish pride and nationalism. When Ireland was invaded by the British in the 17th century, the Irish would wear the shamrock as a symbol of Irish nationalism.

Leprechauns.

These mischievous little guys come from Irish folklore. They’re rumored to be magical creatures, with impish, ill-tempered demeanors. Their name comes from the Irish name “lobaircin” which literally translates to “small bodied fellow”.

Corned Beef & Cabbage.

This tradition has roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. When Irish immigrants came to the US, many of them settled in New York. Since corned beef was the cheapest form of meat available, it became popular and caught on as a tradition.

Green.

Why do we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? Originally, the main color associated with the holiday was a shade of blue. However, over time the color green became popular. In part because of the folklore legend that green makes you invisible to leprechauns and also in part to display Irish nationalism during the British rule in Ireland, the color green became a St. Patrick’s Day staple.

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