Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!
Lets begin with some Irish music from Dropkick Murphys-I’m Shipping Up To Boston The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick’s Day to share a “traditional” meal of corned beef and cabbage. Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day at the turn of the century. We can’t forget about the Leprechaun which is a folk tradition that has been told for many years. But, who knows? You might just see one. Anything is possible. 😉 Be on the look out today for the lucky 4 leaf clover. According to legend, each leaf represents something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck. And I hope you are wearing something Green today to avoid being pinched, another Saint Patrick’s tradition. It’s an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns; fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstain. According to some accounts, blue was the first color associated with St. Patrick’s Day. But that started to change in the 17th century. Green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, and it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history. Ireland is the “Emerald Isle,” so named for its lush green landscape. Green is also the color of spring, the shamrock, and with that, I wish you a very Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. 🙂