Happy St. Patrick's Day
Picture of St. Patrick from domestic-church.com
ST. Patrick's Day is March 17th and it is one of my favorite holidays. The reason is I was raised Catholic and attended St. Patrick's Church and went to St. Patrick's School 1st through 6th grade. We ways celebrated St. Patrick's Day in our church, school and home. One of the most important things to remember on St. Patrick's Day is to wear green. If you don't wear green you could get pinched. My grandmother always made corn beef and cabbage and decorated cupcakes with green icing and shamrocks.
As I was surfing the Internet for information about St. Patrick's Day I came across information on "How to Catch a Leprechaun." I actually never knew anyone tried to do this but you can actually make a Leprechaun trap. Although it was reported that catching a Leprechaun is very difficult to do, I had to wonder what in the world I would do with a Leprechaun if I did catch one. If you are interested in building a Leprechaun trap visit About.com for details with pictures.
Actually I know very little about St. Patrick except that he is credited for driving the snakes out of Ireland. Other than that I knew he was a priest and he devoted his life to bringing the people of Ireland into the Catholic church. If you want to know "real facts" about St. Patrick check out Kaboose.com
The symbol for my school and church was a Shamrock (the four leaf clover), a symbol often used in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Some fun facts I found about the clover from Kaboose.com:
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14!
One estimate suggests that there are about 10 000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
Okay I just had to find out exactly what a Leprechaun is. According to Wise Geek:
"A leprechaun (lep' rah kahn) is a mythical Irish elf or faerie that occupies a realm which lies somewhere between the physical and spirit world. There are no female leprechauns noted in folklore, begging an obvious question. Then again, faeries don't follow the same rules as humankind. The leprechaun is said to love his pipe, drink and his solitude, but on occasion he can become social, and when this happens he loves to dance and engage in antics.
A leprechaun is a small man less than 24 inches (610 mm) in height with thick, wiry red hair that is mostly hidden under a three-cornered hat. He has pointed ears, large bushy sideburns or a full curly beard, sparkling green eyes, and fair skin with rosy cheeks and nose. His clothes are mostly green but might include a leather work apron. All leprechauns wear black, shiny leather shoes with silver buckles, as they are excellent cobblers, a reputation and trade in which they take great pride. It is said they make shoes for many sprites in the faerie world."
Another tradition that I have never taken part in on St. Patrick's Day is drinking green beer. The thoughts of drinking beer make me gag so I can't imagine drinking it green. However I know that this is a big deal. However beware, drinking green beer might not bring you luck. My husband and I took a trip up to Loveland on Saturday (about an hour and half from where we live) and all along the highway they had big flashing signs that said, "Don't press your luck - St. Patrick's Day DUI enforced." So if you do decide to drink green beer, also decide who the designated driver will be or call 777-7777 or 333-3333. Save your gold for the Leprechauns and take a taxi.
Instead of going out and celebrating the big holiday you might want to throw a ST. Patrick's Day party at home. I found a great article on just how to do it at ehow.com. My favorite suggestion was about serving green food:
"Create a table of green munchies, including green cookies, green M&Ms and chips with guacamole (See "How to Make Food Green for St. Patrick's Day," Related eHows). Serve them out of green plastic leprechaun hats."
No matter how you decide to celebrate I truly hope you enjoy St. Patrick's Day!