St. Patrick, Submarines, Campfire Girls, and Corned Beef and Cabbage

March 17, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Cheer up my lugubrious Leprechauns, the holiday you have all been anxiously anticipating has arrived. Today is Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Today is the 76th day of the year, and 289 days remain.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. You needn’t be Irish to deduce that this holiday celebrates St. Patrick – the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. People have been celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Patrick (aka St. Patrick’s Day) for over a thousand years.
Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain during the fifth century. At the age of sixteen, he was captured and sold as a slave to an Irish sheep farmer but eventually managed to escape. He spent several years in a monastery before returning to Ireland as a Christian missionary.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Irish heritage and culture in general. Christians attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day. Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Montserrat.
Over the years, St. Patrick’s Day evolved from a religious observance to a worldwide celebration of Irish culture, but in Ireland, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (as we know it) didn’t begin until 1995 – as a way to promote tourism. In Ireland, men wear shamrocks on their jackets and caps, and women wear green ribbons in their hair. St. Patrick’s Day, although not a legal holiday anywhere in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. Cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Savannah host huge St. Patrick’s Day parades, and Chicago dyes its river bright green. It is primarily observed in the celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture; celebrations which include religious observances, feasting, parades, prominent displays of the color green, and the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century.
So, now you know that St. Patrick’s Day is much more than just an excuse to get drunk and act stupid, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day more responsibly. Erin Go Baugh (Ireland Forever).

St. Patrick’s Day Factoids:

  • Over 34 million Americans claim to be of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland.
  • There are 9 communities named Dublin in America, and 4 named Shamrock.
  • The tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day dates back to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726. St. Patrick was known to use the (green) shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to have worn green clothing.

Submarine Day

Submarine Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. You don’t need to be a Naval historian to conclude that this holiday celebrates the date on which John Philip Holland, an Irish engineer, first successfully demonstrated his submarine called the Holland VI.
On St. Patrick’s Day, 1898, his submarine made its first successful submerged run, which impressed the observers from the US Department of the Navy. The (then) Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, recommended that the Navy buy the Holland VI. Several months later, it became the Navy’s first submarine and was re-christened as the USS Holland (SS-1). Soon after, the U.S. Submarine Fleet was established on April 17th, 1900.
A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. Although experimental submarines had been built before, submarine design took off during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they were adopted by several navies. Submarines were first widely used during World War I (1914–1918), and now figure prominently in most large navies worldwide.
Today, submarines have one of the widest ranges of types and capabilities of any vessel. They range from small autonomous one or two-person vessels that operate for a few hours to vessels that can remain submerged for six months – such as the Russian Typhoon class, the biggest submarines ever built. Submarines can work at greater depths than are survivable or practical for human divers.
You can celebrate Submarine Day by learning more about submarines. If you live near a naval museum, take a drive to see a submarine today, and if allowed, go aboard. Then, after you finish your research, or return from your excursion, settle in and watch a movie about submarines such as “Hunt For Red October” or “Run Silent, Run Deep”. If you prefer, you could watch a couple of episodes of the TV show “Voyage to the Bottom Of The Sea”. Listening to the song “Yellow Submarine” a few times throughout the day would also be appropriate.

Campfire Girls Day 

Campfire Girls Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. As you might suspect, it celebrates the date on which the Campfire Girls of America was incorporated in Washington, D.C, as a national agency. It is a nationwide American youth organization that began in 1910. The organization was the first nonsectarian, multicultural organization for girls in America.
The organization became co-ed in 1975 and changed its name to Camp Fire Boys and Girls. It welcomes youth from pre-kindergarten through age 21.  Its programs emphasize camping and other outdoor activities for youth. In 2001, the name Camp Fire USA was adopted, and in 2012, it became known as simply Camp Fire.
To celebrate Campfire Girls Day, learn more about Camp Fire and the opportunities and services they provide for our young people. Of course, a small donation to them would be greatly appreciated, I’m sure.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Day 

Corned Beef and Cabbage Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. You don’t need to be a Rotisseur to ascertain that this holiday celebrates corned beef – a cured beef product popular worldwide.
In the culinary arts, the term corning refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” (or grains) of kosher (or other coarse) salt that is mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, the brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Irish immigrants adapted corned beef from their Jewish neighbors on New York’s Lower East Side as a cheaper alternative to corned pork and Irish bacon. In Ireland at the time, beef was used primarily for dairy products, and only the very rich could afford to eat it. In America, Irish settlers found that beef was much more affordable, thus precipitating the, [now traditional], Irish-American dish – corned beef and cabbage.
To celebrate Corned Beef and Cabbage Day, simply enjoy this tasty dish today. Since I dislike cabbage in any form except sauerkraut, I’ll forgo the “and cabbage” part of this holiday. However, my corned beef brisket is ready for the oven, and I intend to roast it the same way I would a beef roast. This method hasn’t failed me yet.
Pastrami is produced by smoking a corned beef brisket and adding extra spices.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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