Mar 14, 2010

Serenity Sunday

This coming Wednesday will be St. Patrick's Day, with the origin being Ireland, it is obvious that the day is also holiday there as it is here in the US. In Ireland though, it is more of a religious holiday similar to Christmas and Easter. With grand parades, community feasts, charity show, the mass... The parades, shamrocks, and green beer are provided primarily for tourists. In fact, it has turned out to be one of the most celebrated events in Ireland and a major tourist attraction.

The early Irish immigrants like the English, Dutch, German, French and the likes, brought their traditions in United States. But it was not until 1737 that the immigrants really celebrated the Day. And It was in Boston where the Day was first celebrated in a public way. Gradually other states took it up. And it was New York that took out the largest ever St Patrick' s Day parade. Held since 1762,

Meanwhile the city of Chicago has developed a unique tradition of coloring the river water green. It started in 1962 when 100 pounds of green vegetable dye were added to its river, enough to keep it green for a week. The tradition still continues but now, 40 pounds of a green food coloring keep the river green for only a few hours.

 It's a celebration for being Irish and enjoying things Irish.  This day also tells us to be Irish... with shamrocks and the leprechaun, it tells us to cook and feast the Irish way... To laugh away all worries with Irish jokes... Dance to the tunes of the Irish bands... Try out the Irish words. And with all these the Day lets us know the real fun of being Irish.

So, in honor of this festive day, from today until Wednesday I will be blogging on all things hang on to your Shillelaghs here we go!

My List:

1.) My kids

2.) Great friends

3.) Heritage

4.) Shamrocks

5.) Tweed caps

6.) Irish oatmeal

7.) Uilleann pipes

8.) Loreena McKennitt

9.) Cheviot  wool

10.) Corned beef and cabbage


inannasstar said...

St. Patrick is one of the biggest converters of Pagan's to Christianity. He is known as "the one who chased out the snakes". I never knew this until last year and now I refuse to celebrate this Christian holiday. You can read more about him here....

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'm ambivalent about St. Patrick, too, but I still celebrate the sheer Joy of Irishness on March 17th. (Not sure if "Irishness" is a word, but it is now!)

Anonymous said...

St. Patrick is known for having chased out the snakes from ireland. The snakes were the pagans. I am irish decent and i am not happy that St. Patrick tried to get rid of the pagans and witches