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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!
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.