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St. Patrick’s Day

I wore green on St. Patricks day as far back as I can remember, but now that I think about it I’m not really sure why. So now that its St. Patrick’s Day 2016 I think its time to find out.

The first fun fact about St. Patrick is his “Saint color” is blue, not green. This is thought to have changed over the years to green as the “color of his day” because Ireland’s nickname is the “Emerald Isle,” and the green Shamrock is the national symbol. Irish tradition states green is the color of the Catholics and orange is the color of the Protestants and both colors are on the Irish flag held together by White, which is the color of peace and symbolic of peace between the two religions.

Some say St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Others believe Irelands climate is more the reason, but hey, lets give this one to St Patty. It makes a great story and it’s was one of my father’s favorites on St Patrick’s Day.

Some legends credit St Patrick with single-handedly converting all of Ireland to Christianity. They say he used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. However, historians believe strong ties to Rome had more to do with the conversion.

Here are some popular Irish sayings to think about this St. Patty’s day.

“Kiss me I’m Irish” refers to kissing the Blarney Stone for good luck. If you can’t get to Ireland to kiss the stone, the next best thing to kiss is an Irish man. OK ,who came up with that one?

“The luck of the Irish” was not always said with the best intention. During the gold rush years, many successful miners were Irish or of Irish descent. The saying implied they had more luck than brains.

So now back to why we wear green on St. Patty’s day. It is said that if you wear green on St Patrick’s day you become invisible to the leprechauns, and if a leprechaun can see you he will pinch you. (I think someone had too many green libations when they came up with that one)

I would like to conclude with a traditional Irish Blessing. “May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door”

And maybe a not so traditional Irish Blessing. “ As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinter never point in the wrong direction” LOL

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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