Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17. St. Patrick’s Day was established as a religious feast day in honor of the death of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish and lots of fun!
Irish Symbols and and Traditions…
The St Patrick’s Day symbol, the leprechaun is a smiling, merry little elf. Legend tells us that leprechauns are always grumpy, untrustworthy and very tricky. Leprechauns are believed to be little old men who make shoes for fairies and are usually about two feet tall. The legend says that if you catch a leprechaun, you can force them to tell you where they hid their pot of gold.
According to Irish legend, St. Patrick chose a shamrock or a three leaved clover as a symbol of the church’s Holy Trinity because of its three leaflets. He used it to help illustrate the idea of the holy trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A shamrock is not a four leaf clover.
Four leaf Clover
When a four leaf clover is found it is said to bring you good luck and it also represents God’s grace. The good luck attached with the four leaf clover goes back to the ancient Druid priests.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional meal enjoyed by many on St. Patrick’s Day, but only half of it is truly Irish. Cabbage has long been a staple of the Irish diet, but it was traditionally served with Irish bacon, not corned beef. The corned beef was substituted for bacon by Irish immigrants to the Americas around the turn of the century who could not afford the real thing.
Can you think of any other St. Patrick Day traditions or symbols? I can think of 3 more…
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