March 17, 2020 – St. Patrick’s Day | National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

Transcript for March 17th

Welcome to March 17th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate the “melting pot of gold” and find out who brought what to the potluck.  Let’s join Anna Devere after the break.

On St. Patrick’s Day everyone has the luck of the Irish, and if you’re like millions around the globe, you don’t mind the “Wearing of the Green” and drinking green beverages is even better. But did you know that the famed St. Patrick lived all the way back in the 4th century A.D. and that his green clothes were adorned with the shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity? Ta, well.  Get back to parading and drinking that river of green beer, and let’s hope your luck holds out till tomorrow.  

And if you happen to be celebrating with corned beef and cabbage you can’t exactly pin that on the Irish.  While a traditional recipe of cabbage and brined salt pork is popular in the Emerald Isle, it wasn’t until the Irish cosied up to Jewish immigrants in the 1800’s that they adopted their corned “beef” to the dish.  On National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day celebrate copying off your neighbor and while you’re at it, invite them to dinner! 

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