Few holidays garner attention like St. Patricks Day, where everyone and I mean everyone claims that they are Irish, whether they are or not!
St. Patrick, patron saint of the Emerald Isle is credited with ridding Ireland of an abundance of snakes. Now why this feat would make him so popular in later years is beyond me. I have a feeling that it doesn’t have to do with the snakes so much, rather it has to do with the general feeling that the Irish know how to enjoy themselves and have fun at the same time. That’s why everyone wants to be like them!
The large population of Irish that settled in Canada and the USA, in the last 500 years has helped to keep the Irish traditions alive and kicking in this, their new world. You can take the Irish out of Ireland but you can’t take Ireland out of the Irish……their roots go deep and so do their traditions.
I dare say, we are much richer for sharing the traditions and enjoying the joyfulness that falls on everyone around St. Patricks Day. Many places start to bring out the green, weeks before St. Patricks Day arrives. Along with the green, come the food, beer, and partying with family and friends, to make any celebration just that much better.
A pint of Guinness or a really good snort of Glenfiddich enjoyed with corned beef and cabbage dinner, is enough to make anyone with an ounce of Irish Blood in their veins, weep with joy! A shamrock or two for good luck, a leprechaun and a bonny lassie and everyone will be enjoying the Day of the Irish.
Ireland is one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom. With shades of green that are seen no where else in the world, Ireland boasts that it’s the land of a 1000 greens. Arial views of the land can attest to that too! Pastureland for sheep can clearly be seen to have so many shades of the lovely color green, that you would be hard pressed to count them all. The sheep seem to grow wonderful wool from munching on these tender bits of green. Leprechauns, the other totally Irish folklore creatures, are little fairy types who go about playing tricks on the people and when not busy playing tricks they are cobblers. Hence the celebration of fairies along with St. Patricks Day is widespread and still enjoys favor with the people.
When St. Patricks Day comes about this year, will you be sporting some green? A t-shirt that is emblazoned with the words, “Kiss me, I’m Irish!”, or one with “Lucky Shamrocks” emblazoned on it somewhere, will or could be your uniform for the day! You’ll fit in at any bar in the city, whether you are Irish or not. Everyone is Irish on St. Patricks Day, and no one will deny you the pleasure of joining the fun.
Put a lovely corned beef brisket into the crock pot in the morning, along with a cabbage of two that has been quartered and by eveningtime, you will have a wonderfully flavorful and delicious dinner to feast on. It really is that easy. Then off you go to meet up with your friends at the local pub, where laughter, green beer for the Irish want to be’s is served, with heaping amounts of fun and a game or two of darts. St. Patricks Day will be a complete success and a memory that will be a highlight of your year.
For your enjoyment and pleasure, just a little part of Riverdance, featuring many of Irelands best traditional dancers. Try to keep your toes from tapping along…..Bet you can’t do it!
If you can’t get enough of the high stepping Irish, then enjoy this version of Riverdance from Radio City Music Hall. You will be tapping away like the best of them!