Christians attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon , although pubs in Ireland were closed on March 17 by law until 1995.
The rules of Lent are waived and revelers traditionally eat Irish bacon and cabbage .
The first St. Patty’s Day parade occurred when Irish soldiers in the British army marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.
The Chicago River has been dyed green every year since 1962.
St. Patrick’s Day Symbols The Celtic Cross – a sun (from the Celts) super-imposed on a cross (from the Christians) The shamrock , or “seamroy,” symbolizes the rebirth of spring. It was later adopted as a symbol of Irish nationalism. The leprechaun , or “lobaircin” was a cranky, “small-bodied fellow” of Celtic folklore, given its “cute” features and popularized in the United States by Walt Disney.
St. Patrick’s Day Symbols Music has always been an important part of Irish life. Irish music is produced with instruments like the fiddle, the uilleann pipes, the tin whistle, and the bodhran. St. Patrick never drove snakes from Ireland; the story is a metaphor for driving paganism from the island. The traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage has been modified in the United States. Irish bacon has been replaced with corned beef for the annual feast.