Saint Patrick’s Day

25657765_sIn Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a legal public holiday and a day of religious observance for both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. However, the day is perhaps better known for the parties and parades carried on in St. Patrick’s name.

The shortest of those parades takes place in Dripsey, Cork and lasts just 100 yards. This parade travels between the village’s two pubs.

How did it become a day of celebration in America?

In the 1700’s Irish immigrants celebrated their heritage with a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, and from there it’s grown to epic proportions. We Americans do like an excuse to celebrate!

But what about wearing green?

Legend has it that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns that will pinch you if they can see you. So apparently, school children (and some adults) simply like to pretend that they’re Leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day!

So be safe – wear a bit of green on March 17 and avoid those unsightly “pinch bruises!”

I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day‚Ķ and this Irish blessing:
May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.

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