You don't need to be Irish to enjoy Saint Patrick's Day. Although the highly celebrated day has a "sober" history, pun intended. Looking at the lighter side of the day is not uncommon in the U.S.
Duality in select holidays occurs on Easter, which has religious significance and the Easter Bunny fable, Christmas too has both religious significance and a fabled theme of Santa Claus.
Green is the theme of the day, with shamrocks, leprechauns, parades, corned beef and cabbage, not to mention fierce Irish pride.
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.
Saint Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast-on the traditional meal of Irish bacon (corn beef) and cabbage.
With all of the parties at bars and pubs, street carnivals and parades, it's a great opportunity to meet new people, have some cool cocktails and tasty grinds with up-to-date recipes on the traditional corned beef and cabbage meal. Corn beef and cabbage pizza, and crispy Asian-style Corn beef and cabbage spring rolls are creative takes on the classic.