I know people that celebrate every holiday with enthusiasm, decorations, food, music, blah, blah, blah…. I’m not that person! I don’t decorate, haven’t had a Christmas tree for about five years and really feel exhausted by the entire process.
However, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday I really get into! It’s all about happy people coming together for the purpose of wearing green in as many creative ways possible, drinking green beer and watching the parade which, if you’re lucky, consists of men in kilts playing bag pipes! What’s not to like about that???
My neighborhood will host their 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration this weekend. This includes brigades of real Irish firemen who are commissioned to travel the world for the sole purpose of attending the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. At the celebration last year I was able to determine, through careful and personal interrogation, that there are firemen in the U.S. that also travel the country for this purpose. Playing the pipes, wearing the skirt, drinking the green beer and looking macho while doing it!
St. Patrick was a patron saint of Ireland, credited with bringing Christianity to the country. He was thought to have died on March 17 460 A.D. and St. Patrick’s Day was originally a day of spiritual renewal to offer prayers for missionaries worldwide.
It was the American’s that got the party started. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade started in New York City in 1792. This is likely due to the large numbers of Irish migrants who settled there and celebrated the saint’s feast day by marching through the city’s streets. 34 million American’s have an Irish ancestry; nine times more than the population of Ireland.
Did you know?
- The original color of St. Patrick was blue,
- “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” was born from the tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone, to be blessed with the gift of gab,
- There about 10,000 regular three-leaf cloves for every lucky four-leaf clover found,
- In Chicago the rivers are dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day!
My favorite legend about a symbol of this holiday is the meaning of the four leaves on a lucky clover. They represent hope, faith, luck and love.
My St. Patrick’s Day blessing for you is that I hope your faith in green beer will bring you luck in love!