Directly from Wikipedia:
Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland’s culture.
It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Montserrat, among others.
Welcome to our latest theme week; where we share stories, musings and recipes on a specific topic, usually an upcoming holiday. It’s all about St. Patrick’s Day this week. Some of the food will be old standbys, others might be new to you. A few of us will share stories of what the holiday means through food, community, family and tradition.
First up, Erica, one of our lovely Guest Contributors, will share her grandmother’s Irish Soda Bread recipe….