I am part Irish and I absolutely adore Irish food – so of course St. Patrick’s Day is a fun celebration around these parts. When you think of St. Patrick’s Day in the US, you more than likely think of green beer and corned beef and cabbage, but do you know the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick and is actually celebrated on the day Saint Patrick died. Saint Patrick was responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland. These festivities include parades, the wearing of shamrocks and green attire, along with wetting the shamrock which is popular in Ireland. In Ireland, a shamrock is put in the bottom of a cup filled with whiskey or cider and then consumed as a toast to St. Patrick – after the drink is finished, you toss the shamrock over your shoulder for good luck.
The Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking are lifted this day and usually include a great feast. Here in the United States, that feast usually includes Corned Beef and Cabbage; but this year, try a different popular Irish meal. Here are two of our favorites to get you ready for March 17th.
For dessert, try a traditional Irish Soda Bread or Fruit Loaf known as Barmbrack. Irish Soda bread is super easy and doesn’t require many ingredients.
[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]It is fun to tap into the luck of the Irish and celebrate with good food, friends, and family. What recipes do you use to celebrate March 17th? Let us know in the comments. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Omaha Moms Blog.