March 17th Saint Patrick’s Day

Today celebrate everything about being Irish! The green or orange colors, the music, culture and language. “Erin go braugh”, or “Ireland Forever”. The odd thing about it is that we celebrate for a Christian Saint who wasn’t Irish! He did bring Christianity to Ireland around 400 AD and he did truly love Ireland but he was English. The first Saint Patrick’s Day parade also wasn’t held in Ireland, it was held in New York in 1762. There are more people in the world today that come from an Irish background than actually live in Ireland, and I think that is a good thing because we all need a bit of the “Luck of the Irish”.

How to celebrate – Check and see if you have any Irish in your bloodline. Find out the difference in Irish Green and Irish Orange. Read about Saint Patrick.

May 13th Leprechaun Day

“The luck of the Irish” is probably best represented by Leprechauns. The legendary character that carries a pot of gold around with them. Catch them and you get the gold. Of course no one ever has caught a Leprechaun. They are so tiny they are often over looked and naturally they are hiding from us but they love to taunt and they have to make themselves visible when they play. Well even if you can’t catch them its fun to try… unless you become obsessed with them.

How to celebrate – Visit Ireland. Look for Leprechauns. Go green.

March 17th Saint Patrick’s Day

No, Saint Patrick is not the Saint of Beer… but I’ll bet a lot of people think he is. He was an English priest, who went to Ireland to bring them Christianity in, or around, 400 AD. The land of leprechauns and shamrocks, where the primary color is green and there’s a song in every word spoken. Oddly, the first Saint Patrick’s Day did not happen in Ireland! It came in New York City in 1762. There are over 34 million people in the US that have some sort of Irish decent. (I think that’s more people than live in Ireland!) Yep, I checked… by almost 30 million! Today is a day to be proud of your heritage, whether you have any Irish blood in you are not. “May the road rise up to meet you”.

How to celebrate – Go green! Visit an Irish Pub. Visit Ireland.

May 13th Leprechaun Day

I’m not sure why Leprechaun Day is in the middle of May but then, why not? This Irish legend is told to own a pot of gold and that if you can capture one, they will give it to you. Good luck, the pot of gold is just as real as the leprechaun itself. Still, it is fun to think that a leprechaun might be real. After all, a lot of us play lotto and that runs nearly the same chance of being captured. It’s all about the belief that there is something out there that can change your life if you are lucky enough to find it. Truth is, luck is in the caring of others who will give you that chance, and so few do. So it’s not so much find a leprechaun as it is finding a human who will give you that lucky chance to change your life and find the true pot of gold, being able to do what you love to do.

How to celebrate – Go looking for a leprechaun. Create your own end of the rainbow. Take a chance on someone and become their leprechaun.

May 13th Leprechaun Day

No, it’s not Saint Patrick’s Day, it is Irish, but it’s that legendary guardian of that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the Leprechaun’s day. Now there is no proof that Leprechaun’s ever really existed, though their are many, many people who have claimed to see them. (Normally after drink) The Leprechaun represents the prankster in all of us, the hope that we can find our reward somewhere and the luck of the Irish. The leprechaun is in the same category as the unicorn, the boogie man and big foot. We sort of hope they are real but down deep, we know they aren’t. Doesn’t mean that we can’t still pretend like they are real and they probably do come from some story containing truth, just like Santa.

How to celebrate – Look for your pot of gold. Visit Ireland. Wear green.

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day

Seems like just last year around this time it was St. Patrick’s Day. The green beer, the shamrocks, leprechauns, corn beef, and cabbage. Well darn, I guess it’s time to celebrate again! If you are Irish, along with the 34 million other American’s, it’s time to show your pride in your heritage. The first time St. Patrick’s Day ever was celebrated was in New York City in 1762. You might think it was in Ireland, but no, it’s an American holiday. It celebrates St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland. In honor of the Emerald Isle whether you are Irish or not, you should celebrate today since the Irish brought so much to this country, and the world.

How to celebrate – Visit an Irish pub today. Wear green if you have any Irish blood in you! Recognize orange is an Irish color as well.

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day

If you are Irish you certainly know about today! It is the celebration of that beautiful, and often troubled, island. It honors Saint Patrick, who I have covered before so I will not go into detail here. He was not Irish, but brought Christianity to Ireland in the 400’s AD.

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Known as the Emerald Isle the national color is obviously green. The lush green lands of Ireland that brings us the national dish of Corn Beef and Cabbage, and of course, potatoes. It was once a wild land and while civilized now, by others standards, much of Ireland still appears wild and unclaimed.

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It is the land of shamrocks and leprechaun, both meant to bring one luck, but both of which have some dark history to them.  Oddly, there are some 34 million people in America that are descendants of Ireland. The reason it is odd is because it is 9 times the population of Ireland itself!

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If you come from Ireland, or have Irish relatives, you have a great deal to be proud of. I am not sure dying your dog green is such a good idea, but what the heck. The Irish have always been dependable people, normally of good cheer and though sometimes can show their hot tempers, make for some of the best friends on earth.

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How to celebrate – Go green! Check your family tree for relatives that came from Ireland. Try and find the end of your rainbow!

November 29th Square Dance Day

One of the most American dances you’ll ever find is the Square Dance… only it didn’t really start in America. The English, Irish and Scottish were doing their own form of the square dance long before Americans joined in.

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America did add in the caller, that person no one can understand, barking out the steps you are supposed to take. “Dosey Do” and “Swing Your Partner” are among the favorites! The dance is very popular in the southern states and mid-western regions where country music is king.

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Naturally it’s a very colorful dance, sort of reminding one of the can-can for women. Men are generally a little more low key but can be equally as bright. It is a great way to excercise and a lot of elderly people are still involved with regular square dance groups.

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There are competitions but most people just enjoy it as one might enjoy a night of bowling or shuffleboard. But if you are going to dance, you might want to learn it before you go, if you listen to the caller the moves will be done before you are able to conciously understand them.

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How to celebrate – Learn how to square dance! Join a square dance group, after all you will need others to do the square dance. Learn how to be a caller and confuse everyone, it’s a great laugh.

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day

If there is any Irish in you, today is one of the best days of the year! And as the old saying goes, there’s a little Irish in everyone! In Ireland, it is better known as Erin Go Bragh, which means… “Ireland Forever”.

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Saint Patrick is best known for bringing Christianity to the Emerald Isle, living sometime in the 400’s AD (no one apparently knows when for sure). There is a myth that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland as well but that part of his legend is probably not true. Saint Patrick had an interesting life though.42

Saint Patrick’s day is about recognizing the Saint, God, and Jesus, but it’s also about sharing the history of Ireland and that means Green Beer, Corn Beef and Cabbage, and Shamrocks.

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A Shamrock is a sprig of clover and has medicinal purposes, but it also is a symbol of Ireland and Saint Patrick, and a metaphor for the Holy Trinity. There is always a great deal of celebrating going on today, whether for the right reasons or not. One tradition has become the Saint Patty’s Day Parade which started in New York City in 1762, not in Ireland! In fact there are some 34 million Americans claiming Irish ancestry, 9 times the actual population of Ireland!

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And how can we forget the legendary Leprechaun with his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There are a few sayings for leprechaun wishes:

“May the road rise up to meet you.” “May the rain fall softly on your fields. And the sun shine warm on your face.” “When Irish eyes are smiling… they are probably up to something.”

How to celebrate – Check your heritage to see if you have any Irish blood in you. Wear green to show support for the Irish. Plant some Shamrocks in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.