Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! I hope you are wearing pinch-proof green today. 🙂 Did you know that blue was originally the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day – not green?? Somewhere around the 17th century, people began wearing shamrocks and green ribbons in celebration of the holiday, and that was the start of green’s popularity as the color for St. Patrick’s Day.
The porch is certainly wearing its green today! It even has a few lucky green shamrocks clipped onto some small envelopes I found at Paper Source. Inside each envelope is a dark chocolate mint. Yum!
You might notice that my shamrocks have 3 leaves – not 4. That is the way it naturally grows, and even St. Patrick himself used the 3-leaves to explain the Holy Trinity in his teaching of Christianity to the people of Ireland. (Or at least that is how the legend goes.)
Of course there’s no such thing as Shamrock Juice, but I thought it would be a good name for green kool-aid. 🙂 Did you know that part of the Chicago River is dyed green each year for a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day?
They have been doing this since 1962. Do you suppose they use green kool-aid in the river? (I bet EPD would really love that! LOL) Here is a time-lapse video showing the process:
And ferns have nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day, but I liked their color. Our weather has been so warm lately, I thought they would be good out there on the porch (until they are completely dusted with our current snow of yellow pollen. 🙁 )
Here is an Irish blessing for you today. 🙂
And here is more information for you on the life of the real St. Patrick – just in case you need a refresher course so that you can impress your friends today. 🙂 He was born around the year 395 A.D. in Kilpatrick, Scotland (yes, Scotland!) He was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave to tend sheep there in the mountains when he was 16 years old.
Dreams played a significant role in his life. He dreamed God told him there would be a ship that would take him to Great Britain if he would run away to the coast. He followed that dream and was able to escape from his captors.
When he was in Great Britain, he had a dream that the people of Ireland were begging him to come back to them. That led him to begin studying to be a priest in the Catholic Church. In 433, he did return to Ireland and worked for almost 30 years in the priesthood to convert the Irish to Christianity.
He died on March 17, 461 in Ireland. See where we got our St. Patrick’s Day date from? The strange thing is, he was not made the patron saint of Ireland until hundreds of years later. I guess it was all those myths about snakes (not true ones) that got the attention of the church. St. Patrick’s Day became an official “feast day” for the Catholic church in the 17th century.
It was just a small religious holiday in Ireland up until the 1970’s there. The United States is where all the secular celebration of Irish culture began. New York City’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in 1762. I believe NYC and Boston have the largest celebrations in our country today (although the one in Savannah, Georgia seems pretty big to me!)
And finally, you know how everyone seems to associate leprechauns with St. Patrick’s Day, right? Well you won’t believe where that all started.
Yes, in 1959 Disney made a movie, Darby O’Gill and the Little People. (You can see a few scenes from the old movie here.) It starred Sean Connery and was about some Irish characters and leprechauns. Somehow this American movie so popularized leprechauns that they became linked to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Crazy!
And that brings us to the end of our St. Patrick’s Day history lesson. I hope you are having a fun filled day – whether you are of Irish descent or not. Now I think I will go enjoy a cup of Irish breakfast tea. 🙂
Until next time…
p.s. If you would like more St. Patrick’s Day on the porch, you should check out this post from a couple of years ago. (Just click on the photo. 🙂 )