Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My husband’s family is a large Irish Catholic family and we love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. While we don’t necessarily partake of the green beer, there is plenty of corned beef and cabbage with roasted potatoes on the menu during the week!
I think it is wonderful that we celebrate different traditions throughout the year. I smile though as I heard on the radio this morning an Irish gentleman from Belfast now living in Atlanta say that Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a much bigger fashion than in Ireland!
According to the website http://www.st-patricks-day.com/about_saintpatrick.html
“Saint Patrick’s Day is associated with everything Irish. But most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that it is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!”
Visiting Ireland is high on my wish list particularly now that I have a son whose heritage is Irish. I’ve had many clients stay in the castles of the land and explore the beautiful countryside. For now I live through their adventures and look forward to the day when our Ireland trip is the first on our list.
May the luck of the Irish be with you and today Erin Go Bragh!
Have you traveled to Ireland? What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day memory?