A Brief History of St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day
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The Irish Colleens
Back in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was an exception to Lenten prohibitions as Catholics were allowed to eat meat, dance and drink for one day. (A traditional St. Patrick's Day feast in Ireland was cabbage and Irish bacon, a meal which evolved into corned beef and cabbage in the U.S.) In this 1916 image, girls in Ireland sell shamrocks on March 17.

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