It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, and aside from the whole, wear green or be pinched phenomenon, (decided to put on Lady D’s dress from Monday’s Regency Project Runway since it has a lovely green element) I’ve never really done much St. Patrick’s Day reveling. From the extremely shallow research I did the last few days, I found that our English Regency friends didn’t do much holiday specific carousing either.
Our Irish 19th century friends however, celebrated the day as a religious holiday. But still, I found no sign of the Regency equivalent of green beer. In fact, because St. Patrick’s Day falls during Lent, much of the food I associate with the holiday isn’t even served today. (I’m not certain if the lifting of Lenten restrictions is more recent. I’m certain someone else here will likely know!)
At least…on that side of the pond. In the US, it’s all about the corned beef. Apparently the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America in 1762. And in America, where it became a way to reconnect to Irish roots, there developed some creative forms of expressing that heritage…such as dying a river or a fountain green.
So today, after I step out of the Ballroom and the Lady D inspired dress, I will likely wear my favorite green shirt (the one I “borrowed” from my sister that says Mrs. Darcy on it). But what about the rest of you? Any St. Patrick’s Day traditions and how will you be celebrating today?