Wearin’ and Eatin’ Green

Each year, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. On this day, many parts of the world embrace the color green in support of Ireland’s rich traditions of food, fun, and folklore.

Hundreds of years ago, Irish immigrants brought many gifts to America, and delicious food easily tops that list. I’m talking about corned beef and cabbage, often served with carrots and boiled potatoes for dinner.

While less true to the actual Irish custom and mostly just for fun, drinks and desserts are dyed green for the occasion as well. Green beer remains especially popular around the world. So popular, in fact, that some taverns and breweries serve it year round. I don’t drink, but it’s probably tastier than the centuries old recipe that used actual shamrocks to achieve the green color… also known as drowning the shamrock.

Anyhow, another fun way we celebrate is with the wearin’ of the green. Everyone is supposed to wear something green, or else they get pinched. Ouch!

The best part is you don’t have to be Irish to participate. Whatever your cultural background, have fun eating and wearing green for the day. And be on the lookout for the ones who forgot what day it is, so you can do your part to remind them. *grin* Or, if you prefer a friendlier distraction, have them chase the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, guarded by those mysterious, little men in green suits who we all know as leprechauns.

And with that, Lucky and I wish you all the luck o’ the Irish. See you next month, with a special surprise!

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