Happy St. Patrick’s Day. As you wear your green and look for leprechauns here are a few things about this special day.
St. Patrick has quite a history of adventures including being kidnaped and held for 6 years. He traveled many
places. How do we know these things? There are two documented letters
totally or partially written by St Patrick in which he describes
his life. One is called the Declaration and the other is a letter to
soldiers of Corotius.
The history of St. Patrick contains
quite a bit of folk lore. For instance the legion of him chasing
snakes out of Ireland cannot be true. Scientists have determined there
were and are not snakes in Ireland. It is one of the few places in the
world with that distinction. The symbol may be connected to the fact
that he was known to change heathens minds to Christianity. Change
serpents to angels as has been said.
In many of the pieces of
artwork found from St. Patrick’s time showing him wearing blue not
green. Lue is often associated with Ireland and its flag. The change
of color for his vestments may have something to do with the “emerald
isles” of Ireland as they are often called.
If you are a
betting person don’t bet that you can find a 4 leaf clover in a day or a
week or a month. The chances of finding one is 1 in 10,000.
Did you know? There are more people of Irish decent in the USA than
in Ireland in the 1900’s . In the 1900’s the Irish immigrated to the USA
because of discrimination and famine in their country.
We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the anniversary of his death. He died on March 17th 461.
Did you know that the in the early 1900’s to 1970 St. Patrick’s Day was
a religious day in Ireland and because of that all pubs were closed for
the day in honor of him. In 1970 it became a national holiday and
then it became a day to drink.
So whether you are irish or only
Irish for the day if you are pinched for not wearing green you now can
prove your origin by sharing these tidbits of knowledge.
- Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Treat yourself to one of the wonderful old movies that remind us of the Irish culture we all become a part of for St. Patrick’s Day even if we were not ‘born Irish”. One delightful movie is full of the Irish Brogue and is called Little Nellie Kelly. This movie is from 1940 and features Judy Garland & George Murphy. Judy sings her own version of “Singing in the rain” and” It’s a great day for the Irish”. This movie is based on George M. Coan’s Broadway play. Another wonderful movie to watch is My Wild Irish Rose from 1947 which was nominated for an Academy Award. Featuring the tenor voice of Dennis Morgan & acting of Arlene Dahl. It tells the story of Chancellor Alcott in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Not only does it have the movie title song but also the beautiful ballad, “When Irish Eyes are smiling” in it. And if you want leprechauns, dancing and song watch Finian’s Rainbow from 1968. Featuring Fred Astaire & Petula Clark it is a whimsical childlike quality. Each of these movies will put the Irish spirit in your day and the Irish jig in your walk.