Let’s Talk with Terry Odell

St. Patrick’s Day

by Terry Odell

My week here starts on St. Patrick’s Day. Americans have adopted this holiday, although our country’s traditions aren’t the same as they are in Ireland. One of my daughters now lives in Northern Ireland, and pointed out that corned beef and cabbage are not part of the celebration. Nor is green beer. Instead, they’re likely to eat Irish stew, soda bread, wheaten bread, and colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage and ham).

Guinness ClockWhere we live, we do have an Irish pub, and for them, this is their Big Day. In fact, they have a countdown clock that counts the days, hours, and minutes until St. Patrick’s Day (and it’s set to Ireland time so as not to waste a minute.) One last thing – it’s St. Pat’s or St. Paddy’s day. Never St. Patty’s Day. Patty is short for Patricia, while Paddy is short for Patrick.

Have you adopted any traditions that aren’t part of your personal cultural heritage? (Despite my name, I’m not Irish!)

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