Holidays always have their own traditions. There are the socially acceptable ones, as well as the ones we all create within our families. But one that is often over looked is St Patrick’s day.
There are really two ways that people usually celebrate the holiday that we grow up with – Wearing green (especially as kids to not get pinched in school) and heading out to the parades and bars to celebrate. But there is a lot more to the holiday than most people know about and why we absolutely love it. Why do we celebrate how we do? We all grew up with these traditions but where did that start?
Here in Detroit, we have the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. One of the first neighborhoods in the city of Detroit, Cork Town was named for the city in Ireland where the inhabitants came from. It is even the same neighborhood that Henry Ford’s family settled in and he was raised in. Each year, this parade takes over the area for a day and the area celebrates the holiday all weekend. From amazing food, drink specials and always a bit of people watching – it’s one of our favorite local traditions! In the past few years, the area has seen a new life as Ford and other companies re-invest and rebuild the area. We can’t wait to see how the parade shapes up in the next few years as the area begins to boom again!
Did you know that it is said St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. That the color green is associated with Ireland and that’s why we wear it?
St Patrick’s Day is also known as the feast of St. Patrick – so because of that we’ve partnered with Catholic Central for a fun giveaway to help with your feast this year! Check out 5 Ways to Have a Shamrockin’ St Patrick’s Day too!
Learn more about St. Patrick’s Day and his role in our current traditions here!
Catholic Central is giving one of our readers a Saint Patrick’s Day FeastKit! Which includes:
1- Bamboo Cheese Board with slide out drawer
4 – Stainless steel cutting and serving knives
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