A St Patricks Gift isn't your normal gift giving. But heck, St. Patrick's Day is a day of fun so why not add gifts to it?
I've been reading up on St. Patrick's Day and where the traditions all came from. For example do you know that while it is customary and ever so popular to wear green on St. Patrick's Day in the United States, the color green is actually considered unlucky in Ireland? Green is the color of faeries, which are believed to steal children who wear too much green.
I also read that the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing shamrocks on their lapels' and dressing their children up in the colors of the Irish flag: orange, white and green? The green on the flag symbolizes the people of the south, the orange represents the people of the north. The white stands for peace, which brings the green and orange together as a united nation. What a great concept!!
I also love how Chicagoans celebrate St. Patrick's Day by dyeing the Chicago River green? The tradition started in 1962. Today, 40 tons of dye is used, which keeps the river green for several hours.
I didn't know this, but in the seventeenth century, the shamrock became a symbol of Irish nationalism? In defending themselves against encroaching English imperialism, many Irish wore a shamrock on their lapel as a symbol of their opposition to English rule.
Also the shamrock is considered the official plant of Ireland, and is viewed as a sacred plant in ancient Ireland? The shamrock symbolized rebirth. Maybe that's why they are considered lucky?
Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage
My friend Karen has some great
St. Patrick's Day Crafts on her site. Check them out!
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