March 17th is the agreed upon day to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Being that I have no Irish in my background and I am not of Catholic faith, all I knew of this day is if you didn't wear green ....you would get pinched. I went here and found a lot of information about this celebrated day including the fact that the Chicago River is dyed green every year
As for the corned beef and cabbage??? Cabbage has long been a staple of the Irish diet, but it was traditionally served with Irish bacon, not corned beef. The corned beef was substituted for bacon by Irish immigrants to the Americas around the turn of the century who could not afford the real thing. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.
I am sure that I am not the only person to sort of celebrate a holiday I really knew nothing about but one thing I will guarantee you......I will not ask my Government to ban it because I don't celebrate it........................................ so for those of you who do