It doesn't happen often, but this St. Patrick's Day, some catholics around the country were able to eat their tradition of corned beef on St. Patrick's Day, according to THIS post from Fox News.

According to the post, more than 80 of the 195 Catholic Dioceses had an exemption from fasting meat on Sunday. Even here in Minnesota, five of the six bishops announced an exemption..

It is pretty interesting, because the 40 days of the lenten season are usually saved for fasting of meat on Fridays, but with St. Patrick's Day falling on a Friday, some catholics decided to eat their traditional meal of corned beef. The article also indicates that some people would have chose to fast meat on a different day of the week, and than eat corned beef on Friday.

I just find this fascinating, and think it is pretty cool that catholics were able to keep both of their traditions alive.