Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day !!!


I'm not crafting at all today. I'm celebrating the holiday. We don't do the bar and party scene like so many today but we will have a nice meal here at home and maybe even a little ale. (We'll forego the food coloring though. Green beer is simply not real appetizing looking!)


Just thought I'd share a little St. Patrick's Day humor and facts with you today.

Wearing of the green --

So why do we all wear green?

Green is the color of shamrocks and Spring. When St. Patrick began his work of converting the Irish to Christianity, he used the shamrock (plentiful in the Emrald Isle) to illustrate the Holy Trinity and the hope provided by the Church. Shamrocks came to serve as the symbol of hope and good luck. So, wearing green is similar to rubbing a rabbit's foot and is considered a means of "touching the luck of the Irish". Also, we just don't want to be pinched for not wearing it on the big day, a tradition begun many years ago in the school yards of Boston by the Irish children.

In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is more of a religious holiday than just a party day. The party atmosphere actually began in America as a means to support the Irish spirit and ancestral pride among the many Irish immigrants. The first St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in Boston, not Ireland, in 1737. That sense of celebration has since spread back to the homeland. Pubs there used to be closed for the religious observance and the day was a more somber occasion. There are now parades and, yes, a bit of partying. Dublin now holds the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world.


Want to be lucky this St. Patrick's Day?
Follow this advice:

1. Find a four-leaf clover.
2. Wear green.
3. Kiss the blarney stone.
4. Catch a Leprechaun if you can. (You'll then be able to find his pot'o'gold!)


Just what does a Leprechaun look like ?
A Leprechaun looks like a little old man. He's about 2 feet tall and wears green, usually with a cocked hat. They are generally somewhat aloof and unfriendly, living alone and passing the time by making shoes. It is said they each possess a hidden pot of gold. You can find them by listening closely for the sound of their hammer as they make the shoes. If you can catch one, you can force him to reveal where he's hidden his treasure. (It is said they normally mark the sight with a rainbow.) Be very careful! If you take your eyes off him, he will surely vanish and your hopes of finding his treasure will vanish with him.


Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?
**Regular rocks are too heavy.
Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?
** Because they're always a little short.
How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?
** He's Dublin over with laughter!
How did the Irish Jig get started?
** Too much to drink and not enough restrooms!
What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control his wife?
** A bachelor.


And now, for an Irish blessing for you --

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

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