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Symbols synonymous with

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is one of the more lively days of the year. Revelers may prefer to
indulge in a few adult beverages, but even those who don't imbibe can enjoy the
festive atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day, which in many communities involves a
parade and maybe even a festival featuring Irish music.
While parades and a pint or two of Guinness might be the first thing many people
associate with St. Patrick's Day, there are a host of other symbols that have
become synonymous with the holiday as well.


Snakes are associated with St. Patrick's Day, but that association is rooted more
in myth than reality. Legend long had it that St. Patrick once stood atop a hilltop
that is now called Croagh Patrick and banished all the snakes from Ireland. In
fact, however, the Emerald Isle has never been home to any snakes, and this
banishment of the "snakes" is actually just a metaphor for St. Patrick's role in
bringing Christianity to Ireland. The "snakes" are believed to be a pagan ideology
that the Irish subscribed to prior to St. Patrick's arrival. Within a couple of centuries
of St. Patrick's arrival in Ireland, the island had been completely Christianized.


Leprechauns can trace their roots to Celtic folklore, where they were referred to
as "lobaircin," which meant "small-bodied fellow." The leprechaun did not play a prominent role in Celtic folklore, but they were known for trickery
they used to protect their treasures. Though leprechauns have today become a symbol many associate with St. Patrick's Day, they actually have no
legitimate connection to the holiday. Their association with St. Patrick's Day can likely be traced to the 1959 Disney film "Darby O'Gill & the Little
People," which popularized the image many people now have of leprechauns.


In ancient Ireland, the shamrock was considered a sacred plant that symbolized the rebirth of spring. Over time, the shamrock would become even
more meaningful to the Irish people, eventually becoming a symbol of the pride they felt with regard to their Irish heritage and a symbol of their
displeasure with English rule.

The Color Green

The color green is another symbol of St. Patrick's Day, though many historians note the color St. Patrick wore was blue and not green. But wearing
green on St. Patrick's Day is a way those of Irish descent show pride in their heritage. Green was likely adopted because of the lush green landscape
of Ireland, which thanks to ample yearly rainfall, is green year-round.

Corned Beef

Corned beef is a symbol of St. Patrick's Day that does not trace its roots to Ireland but most likely to New York City. Corned beef and cabbage is
a dish enjoyed by millions on St. Patrick's Day, but while cabbage can be traced to Ireland, corned beef was likely substituted for Irish bacon by
Irish immigrants living in New York City. Irish bacon was too expensive for many of these Irish immigrants, who found corned beef a much more
affordable alternative.

Serving Corned Beef &
Cabbage on St. Patty’s
and all day and all night
parade day Saturday!
426 West First Ave., Milan, Illinois 61264

Call for Carry Out (309) 787-1993

Now thru March 17th


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