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Mar 10

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained

St. Patrick's Day Traditions

St. Patrick’s Day traditions are something we all become aware of at a young age. Whether it’s in school or at home, many Americans bring out the festive attitudes on St. Patrick’s Day. However, how much do you know about the St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Here is an explanation of a few of the most popular.

 

Who Was St. Patrick?

Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick was not actually Irish. In fact, St. Patrick was a noble Brit that was taken as a slave by Ireland when he was just 16 years old. After 17 years as a slave, St. Patrick received his freedom. He then returned to Ireland as a missionary.

 

What Should You Drink?

While many people see St. Patrick’s Day as a day for drinking, do you know what to have in your hand? While Americans drink, on average, 600,000 pints of Guinness per day throughout the year, that number jumps to approximately 3 million on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Although this is a traditional American meal on St. Patrick’s Day, the origins are more in the United States than in Ireland. Irish immigrants were mostly poor in the 19th century, and corned beef and cabbage was an affordable option for hungry families.

 

Now that you know a bit more about the history of St. Patrick’s Day traditions, get out and enjoy the holiday! And if you’re in the St. Louis area, visit us at Gateway Buick GMC!

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