Do You Celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
Paso Robles, California
March 17, 2018 2:45am CST
I've been seeing a lot of my friends post blogs with special St. Patrick's Day recipes and product reviews. I just posted an ordinary, everyday recipe. Then I wondered if anyone would even bother to look at it on St. Patrick's Day, since it wasn't related. It was just a quick and easy dinner recipe that would be good any time. Do you cook special meals for St. Patrick's Day? If so, what do you like to make? Or do you treat St. Patrick's Day like any other day and eat the way you usually do? I'm just curious.
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• Leicester, England
I think being Irish helps! For some reason, the Irish seem to be much more keen on celebrating their patron saint's day than do the Scots, Welsh or English - I'm just talking about the four British home countries, here. There are celebrations on 1st March (St David) 23rd April (St George) and 30th November (St Andrew), but they are nothing like as noticeable! The reason in the UK is probably to do with the fact that many Irish people are Catholic, and Catholics pay much more attention to saints than do Protestants. In the US, it must have much more to do with the fact that there are so many people there of Irish descent, and that the Irish immigrants tended to band together and retain their identity as a group.
• Paso Robles, California
I agree. Although I have Scotch/Irish in my ancestry, I grew up Protestant, so the Scotch side must have won out. I din't know a thing about patron saints until I married a Serb whose family whose nominally Orthodox family celebrated Slava. For them it was more a Serbian celebration than a religious celebration, though they did try to prepare by making peace with all in the family before celebrating. They at least recognized the Christian symbolism.
• Riga, Latvia
I am not Irish but in my younger days I really enjoyed St. Patrick's Day. It was an excuse to celebrate and do some fun things. Later on I just enjoyed cooking corned beef and cabbage. Unfortunately, you cannot get corned beef here in Latvia so St. Paddy's Day was not on the menu so to say. Young adults here enjoy celebrating it at the Irish pubs in the city. I just make sure to have a poem about it out on the web and that is all.
• Paso Robles, California
It's quite popular here among those of Irish, especially Catholic Irish, descent. People who are neither sometimes just join celebrations for the fun of it. I never have, since a lot of the fun seems to involve getting drunk, and I don't drink.
• United States
My family always made corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day. I still enjoy it with them on the years when I go over to my parents house to celebrate. I do not cook the meal myself, as my partner didn't grow up eating that stuff and doesn't care for it. I used to make a roast some years, but this year I am unable to make anything special, as I am down with a broken ankle.