Mar 24, 2017

Ah the luck of the Irish truly shines on this wonderful day yet; it isn’t a particularly Irish holiday. St. Patty’s Day is celebrated in the US by around 34.5 million people who have partial or total roots seeped in the Irish culture. Celebrated every year on March 17, the day entails downing copious amounts of Irish beverages ranging from Guinness to Lucky Shamrocks, wearing something green and dining on corned beef and cabbages.

On the other hand, in Ireland, there’s a significant difference in the way the day is celebrated. Let’s take a closer look at whether you celebrate St. Patty’s Day in the American manner of the Irish manner.

St. Patty’s Day in Ireland

While St. Patty’s Day has been celebrated widely in Ireland, they do things a little differently such as:

  • St. Patty’s Day is considered a national holiday with large festivals and public parades being the norm. However, their festivals tend to veer towards the religious connotation behind the day instead of reveling in celebration.
  • Wearing green and the Lucky Shamrock do take up center stage. In fact, it isn’t something that is emphasized upon and it is quite common for people to not wear green.
  • Bars and pubs do not have specific, St. Patty’s Day themed beer. They have a collection of Guinness beers and Irish whiskey and green beer is definitely a huge no-no.
  • Corned beef and cabbage is not a staple dish. In fact, lamb stew, curry fries and fish and chips are the common fare for the day and corned beef and cabbage is rather rare to find.

St. Patty’s Day in the US

When it comes to celebrating St. Patty’s in the US, the following points are common:

  • In the US, St. Patty’s Day isn’t a national holiday but it is recognized and celebrated for the Irish-American and Irish ancestry in the US. If any parades and festivals do take place, people tend to boisterously exuberant, often sharing beer and other alcoholic beverages.
  • Wearing green is traditional with a three-leaved clover a.k.a the Lucky Shamrock also being commonly displayed. Certain people go so far as to even dye their hair green in celebration of the day.
  • Bars and pubs will serve lagers of Irish beer such as Guinness and green beer is also rather common as well. Beers will be available in a larger variety with around 7 to 8 different types to choose from.
  • Food consists of corned beef and cabbage which the first Irish immigrants used to eat as an alternative to pork. Fish and chips and lamb stew are also available as well shepherd’s pie but it tends to be overlooked.

In the US, St. Patty’s day celebrations have come under fire for being associated with public disorder and drunkenness as well perpetuating cultural stereotypes about the Irish, such as dressing up as leprechauns. So if you’re looking to celebrate it in a more traditional manner, the Irish way is the way to truly go about it.

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