Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Green, green, green. Everything you see today is Green! St. Patrick's Day is celebrated today. And since there are more Irish people in the US than in Ireland, it is a big holiday, with parades and festivities.
St. Patrick's Day is Ireland's greatest national holiday as well as a holy day. The date marks the anniversary of the death of the missionary who became the patron saint of Ireland. It is a happy holiday for the Irish wherever they may be - in Dublin, New York City, Boston, or San Francisco. The day celebrated with parades, speeches, festive dinners, and dances. Green is the color of the day, with thousands of little cloth shamrocks worn even by those whose forefathers never touched the shores of Ireland.
Leprechauns are little make-believe fairies from Ireland. They are the little old men who are shoemakers for the fairies. They usually stand about 2 feet tall. Treasure hunters can often track down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. The legend is that if you catch one you can force him to tell you where he hides his gold.
Jasmine and Juliet wanted to make a trap to catch the leprechaun today, so the girls would find his gold.
School children have started a little tradition of their own. They pinch classmates who don't wear green on this holiday. Wearing green is strictly a U.S. custom, as the color green is not popular in Ireland. Green is connected to the old green flag and a time when Ireland was not free. Green is also a color connected with hope and nature.
Irish Tradition: Many people will be eating Irish food such as Irish Stew and Corned Beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. Corned Beef is not an Irish dish. It is what Americans think the Irish eat. A more traditional meal would be ham and cabbage or bacon and cabbage. Some say that in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day the traditional green beer is prominent. However, in Ireland, many years ago, St. Patrick's Day is considered a holy day and Pubs were not open for business. There were no parades and no drinking.
...and last but not least, some Irish Humor:
What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control his wife?
Definition of an Irish husband:
He hasn't kissed his wife for twenty years, but he will kill any man who does.
Courtship is a time during which the girl decides whether she can do better or not.
I hope you all had a great day!!