St. Patricks Day Traditions: Myth or Delicious Facts?

St. Patrick’s Day is rapidly coming upon us, so everyone had better be ready to don some green or risk being pinched!

How did getting pinched on St. Patricks Day come to be? Well some have it as it starting in the early 1700s, about the time that awareness of St. Patrick’s as a holiday came to the fore in Boston. If you wore green it made you invisible to the Leprechauns – else they were out to pinch anyone they could see. So the pinching was to warn you about the Leprechauns.

Another myth about St. Patrick’s Day? The fabled Corned Beef and Cabbage meal. Many think of this dish as the essential Irish cuisine, and may gobble it down on St. Patrick’s Day out of tradition and to honor the Irish people. But according to, the dish is nearly extinct in Ireland and many true Irish folk have no idea what it is. So the question is: Is it really Irish? The answer is yes, so restaurants across the Unitred States (and here in the Albemarle) shouldn’t be afraid to label this historic and ancient Irish meal as an Irish tradition when they set out their meals this St. Patty’s day. To read more, check out the link here.


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