St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and as I made my plans for the "Wearin' o' the Green", I started thinking about other Irish cultural traditions in America. My curiosity got the best of me, so I did some digging and, lucky me, I learned a few things!
- Do you know why we wear the green? To make ourselves invisible to leprechauns, of course. Forget to wear it, and those mischievous little creatures will sneak up and pinch you.
- Want to have a truly traditional Irish meal on the holiday? Make bacon and cabbage instead of using corned beef, which only came to be used as a less expensive alternative to bacon by Irish immigrants in America.
- The phrase "luck of the Irish" is also American-born. It came into popular use during the gold and silver rush of the late 1900s, when "lucky" Irish and Irish-American miners became rich and famous.
An old Irish saying goes, “There are only two kinds of people in the world: the Irish and those who wish they were.” That may be true, but for at least one day a year, everyone gets to celebrate like the Irish!
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