Happy Saint Patrick's Day from an Irish Lass
It's a great day for Irish people the world over. Well, okay, I was not born in Ireland, but my great-great-great-grandparents were, so there's that. Like so many others, they came to the United States seeking opportunity, and I must say, flourished handsomely. I've written before about my great big Irish family, so I'll spare ye and talk about the holiday, instead.
St. Patrick's Day is a holiday celebrating Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Irish people like to be informal and slightly irreverent, so you will also hear it referred to at "St. Pat's" or "St. Patty's Day". Originally a more religious type of holiday, it's now mainly associated with turning the river green in Boston, an awesome parade in New York City, wearing green clothing (orange, if you're Northern Irish and Protestant, as I am, but nobody understands that here in the USA, and I'm for a unified homeland, anyway) and consuming massive quantities of alcohol. I suppose it's a bit of a downer that St. Patrick's Day falls on a Tuesday this year!
The Irish are well-known for blessings, such as:
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.."
But as I mentioned before, they can be quite irreverent, and I love this cheeky saying:
"May those who love us love us.
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping. "
Happy St. Pat's, all!
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