Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17) is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs.
Saint Patrick’s Day has many symbols and traditions, from shamrocks and leprechauns, to green beer and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Saint Patrick’s Day parades are popular in many cities around the U.S. Interestingly; the first St. Patrick’s Day parade did not take place in Ireland. It took place in New York City, in 1762.
Are you Irish, me lads and me lassies?! Well, the saying goes everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Roots of Tradition:
- Saint Patrick’s Day is held in honor of Saint Pat-rick, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400’s AD.
- Erin Go Bragh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means “Ireland Forever”
Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland!
- May the road rise up to meet you.
- May the wind be always at your back.
- May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
- May the rain fall softly upon your fields. And the sun shine warm upon your face.
- Top of the mornin’ to you…..(and the rest of the day to ‘me self!)
- May your purse always hold a coin or two.
- May the hand of a friend always be near you.
- May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- This Author’s favorite:
- May the wind at your back not be from the cabbage and corned beef that you eat today!
- Everyone’s at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. (how true, how true).
- When Irish eyes are smiling… they are probably up to something.
Irish Flowers: Shamrocks
Some Irish Recipes are:
• Corned Beef and Cabbage
• Irish Soda Bread
• Irish Stew
• Sheppard’s Pie
Information courtesy of Holidayinsights.com
On Sunday, March 15th at 1pm Brooklyn will be hosting their 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Prospect Park (starting on 15th Street and Prospect Park West.)
Photos by Amanda Moses