MARCH 17, 2018 | ST. PATRICK’S DAY | NATIONAL QUILTING DAY | NATIONAL CORNDOG DAY | NATIONAL CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DAY
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
What do the color green, parades and March 17th have in common? Of course, it is St.Patrick’s Day (also known as the Feast of St Patrick).
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions of people across the globe. People wear the color green, drink green beverages and decorate houses and businesses in shamrocks. In fact, the wearing of the green is a tradition that dates back to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726. St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) was known to use the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to have worn green clothing.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Remember to wear green. Use #StPatricksDay to post on social media.
The Feast of St. Patrick started in the early 17 century. The day marks the death of St. Patrick and was chosen as an official Christian feast day and is observed by the Catholic Church. The day is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
NATIONAL QUILTING DAY
National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March. It is a day that is celebrated around the country with special quilting shows, classes, open museums and much more. This is a day to appreciate and to recognize quilt makers, along with all of their long labor, love and skill that goes into the making of each quilt.
A quilt is a layer of batting or stuffing between two layers of pieced together fabric. Early American quilts were the result of patched together pieces of worn out blankets and clothing. Since they had to weave their own fabrics, there was little time for creative piecing together of colorful, artful patterns. These items were purely functional.
By the mid 18th century Americans were making elaborate quilts designed to be handed down from mother to daughter, often pieced together from salvaged pieces of clothing and other bedding.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Buy a homemade quilt or make one yourself. Use #NationalQuiltingDay to post on social media.
At the 22nd annual show of the National Quilting Association in Lincoln, Nebraska in June of 1991, a resolution was passed and National Quilting Day was started.
NATIONAL CORNDOG DAY
In March every year, a popular food of sports fans, concert and fair goers alike are enjoyed with ketchup, mustard or even plain. It’s National Corndog Day.
The corn dog started out as a sausage or hot dog baked or deep fried in a cornmeal breading and served as a sandwich. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, this sandwich became a convenient fair food when the whole meal was put on a stick before being deep fried. Fair goers could then eat their corn dog while taking in the exhibits.
The convenience of the corn dog and other fried foods on a stick continues today. From sports arenas to amusement parks, state fairs and concerts, Americans can get their corn dogs and dipping sauces to go and not miss out on a moment of the game.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Grab a corn dog and get back to the game. Use #NationalCorndogDay to share on social media.
Created in 1992 by Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley in honor of the saving grace of corn dogs and the March Madness that is basketball. For more information visit their website at www.corndogday.com.
Note: National Day Calendar is aware that corn dog is two words. This national day is spelled as one word.
NATIONAL CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DAY
National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day is observed annually on March 17th. This seems to be fitting for St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.
To “corn” something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing).
Corned beef is a salt-cured beef product. In the traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes, salt pork or bacon joint was used instead of corned beef. Sometime in the mid-1800s when the Irish immigrated to America, they found that Jewish corned beef was very similar in texture to bacon joint (pork). It was then that corned beef was used as a replacement for the bacon when preparing corned beef and cabbage meals. Soon after, Irish-Americans began having Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.
Corned beef and cabbage remains a popular food in many areas of the United States.
In Ireland today, the serving of corned beef is geared toward tourist consumption. Most Irish in Ireland do not identify it as native cuisine.
- In the United States, corned beef is often purchased ready to eat in delicatessens.
- Smoking corned beef and adding spice mixes produces a smoked meat such as pastrami.
- Corned beef can be found sold in minced forms and cans.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try one of the following recipes:
Use #CornedBeefAndCabbageDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day.
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