American Holidays

Blue Holiday Traditions Turn Green

Saint Patrick’s Day originated as a Catholic celebration in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who passed on March 17.  In early days, the designated color for this holiday was blue.  In secular culture today, the holiday revolves around the color green and is focused less on patron saints than it is on shamrocks, corned beef and cabbage and green beer.  The United States is home to more than ten times the number of Irish descendants than living in the country of Ireland, so it’s no wonder this is a popular U.S. celebration. St. Patricks day seems to draw those who like to do it up right – the Plumber’s Union, Local 130, in Chicago turns an entire river Irish green in honor of this holiay!  With enthusiasm at this level, I’m going to take a guess that a majorit...