Saint Patrick’s Day

 May your Troubles be less

And your blessings be more,

 And nothing but happiness

 Come through your door.

      ~~Irish Proverb~~

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Four Leaf Clover Brings Luck

I’m hard pressed to ignore this day, since it’s falling on my traditional day for blogging. (In reality this is my third blog in a row this week. Very unusual. You can catch me at the Sisters of Suspense blog on Tuesday  http://sistersofsuspense.com/2016/03/15/spring-flings-by-the-sisters-of-suspense/ and Wednesday http://sistersofsuspense.com/2016/03/16/a-visit-from-british-author-helena-fairfax/

I’ve turned to Wikipedia for this info, some of which I knew, but not all.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick,” is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. (This was a surprise because I was brought up in the Lutheran Church and don’t have a memory of this celebration. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland  and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.  Christians also attend church services and the Lenten  restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.   (How funny is that!)

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 Lots of cities & towns turn their water green for the holiday.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland,  the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. (Montserrat is a  Caribbean island. I had to look this up, I didn’t know where it was. Knew the article wasn’t referencing  the fancy housing development on the west side of Fort Worth.):)

It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, The United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. 

Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora,  particularly those that developed in North America. In recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialized and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish.

(I pulled out most of the footnotes and links to make this easier to read, but if you want more info on any of the subjects, check out this link.)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick’s_Day

B & B we stayed in in Hot Springs, Arkansas over St. Patrick’s Day.

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I’ve written about our Spring Break Group (5 or so couples) who every year get together for a trip somewhere, usually in Texas, but sometimes further afield.

One year we went to Hot Springs Arkansas, and while we were there, the town celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the world’s smallest parade.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe managed to see the whole thing from a restaurant balcony.  I believe it’s the only time I celebrated the holiday in anyway other than wearing green. And that’s to keep those who aren’t Irish and who are jealous from pinching me. LOL

I have only a bit of the Irish in me from my mother’s side of the family. Because of that, I’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland. We named our older daughter for a character in a historical romance set in Ireland. (I’m not sure my husband knows that.)

So how about you. Is this holiday important to your family? How have you celebrated?  Is beer your favorite drink?

Love to hear from you.

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8 responses to “Saint Patrick’s Day

  1. Happy St Patty’s Day to you too, Marsha. Beer is not my beverage of choice. I wish it could be because we live near the country’s Beer Captitol (handcraftd) Grand Rapids, MI. All kinds of small breweries. Even our little town has a brewery/restaurant. But I don’t enjoy the flavor. Gimme chocolate milk anytime! LOL Have a great day! BTW Helena is visiting my blog today!

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    • Hey, JQ. I really enjoy a good cold beer, but unless I’m eating Mexican food or pizza, I stick with wine. Even with Mexican (because I eat it quite often), I usually stick with iced tea. We have a good friend who would love to live where you do. He loves different craft beers. W may have to make a trip that direction some time.
      I don’t drink chocolate milk often, either. Would rather get my calories another way. I’ll be sure to stop by to say hi to Helena. Thanks for stopping here today.

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  2. Happy St Patrick’s day, Marsha! Thanks for all that information about the day. I didn’t know Lenten restrictions were lifted on 17th March – and I should, because my mother is Irish and technically I could claim an Irish passport 🙂 There is a hymn we used to sing that goes “Hail glorious St Patrick, dear saint of our isle.” It’s one of my favourite hymns. We never used to celebrate the day when I was growing up – I think it’s become a commercial event over the years. Now it’s celebrated in England more than St George’s Day – and St George is the English patron saint!
    Thanks for coming over to JQ’s blog. It’s been a fun St Paddy’s Day!

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    • Hey, Helena. Glad you liked the info. I should’ve cut a bit, but then I couldn’t decide where. I found it fascinating. Lifting the Lenten restrictions I just found to be a hoot. I was surprised to read how the holliday was celebrated in your land and so many off hand places–Australia! Why there?
      I always enjoy JQ’s blog and wanted to stop by for you. Thought our turnout on the SOS blog was just excellent. Thanks so much for visiting there and thanks for stopping by here today.

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  3. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, Marsha. When my kids were little we always had a big St. Patrick’s Day dinner each year with almost all of the food green. Tonight I have some corned beef set out for reuben sandwiches. That will be the extent of our celebration. We just came back from being away on an overnight.

    I did celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in college at parties. I don’t like the taste of beer at all, but did drink it at said parties. 🙂

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    • Hey, Susan. As I said, I enjoy beer. No so much when it’s green,which is quite the custom here on the holiday. I didn’t remember that corned beef was on Reuben sandwiches. I love those, but do try to limit my indulgence. Not terribly healthy I think. Do you put mustard and sauerkraut? I love it that way. I think it’s so funny that you ate a meal that was all green. How fun for your boys! Thanks for stopping by.

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      • Marsha, the sauce is a mix of mayo and chili sauce. We put sauerkraut and swiss cheese in the sandwiches along with the corned beef. They are pretty delicious.

        I try and watch what I eat as far as healthy fruits, vegetables, and meats. Corned beef is processed and cured meat. Not healthy at all. We only have reubens a few times a year. Bread is my downfall. Bill loves to bake and was on a ginger cookie binge a while back. Probably tried six different recipes. And he’s been trying lots of different breads. The reubens will be using his rye bread.

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  4. Wow, Susan, Bill makes fresh bread? You need to hang on to him. I love Rye bread–my very favorite. I’ve found a new eating plan. It’s called Eat Clean. Found the book during the cleaning out of stuff. I’ll probably share more at next blog. So far I’ve lost 4 lbs of the 11 I regained after going off Nutrisystem. It’s basically eat fresh, no processed stuff. But like you, One or two Ruebens a year must be good for the soul. 🙂

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