What's the meaning of St Patrick's Day?

Old Man Jingles

Rat out of a cage
To me, it means ...
Corned Beef, Red Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage*
Ate my first Irish meal today at Cracker Barrel.

* Corned beef and cabbage is the Irish-American variant of the Irish dish of bacon and cabbage.

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And, you don't even have to be Irish to enjoy it.


Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
By Meathead Goldwyn

Corned Beef And Cabbage is the tradition on St. Patrick's Day, an event that, to me, is more about our common immigrant stories that about being Irish. Irish Americans share their remarkable tale with Jews, Italians, Germans, Cubans, and Mexicans. So many of us can trace our heritage to fearful, ragged, tired, and poor arriving on our shores with not much more than the clothes on their back, life in hovels, hard labor, discrimination, acclimation, acculturation, and success. That's why we are all Irish in some way.

Surprisingly, Corned Beef And Cabbage is not a tradition in Ireland. It is an Irish-American-Jewish tradition. Corned pork and cabbage is more common in the Emerald Isles where beef was scarce and expensive. But Irish immigrants in the US found beef more plentiful in their lower Manhattan ghettos where the butchers were mostly kosher Jews and pork was verboten.