I hope you adorned yourself in green today! St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - the food, the folklore, the music, the drinking, the dancing - the general merriment of it all lights me up every year.
For those of you wondering why the Irish make such a big deal out St. Patrick, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland. Wikipedia will tell you, legend credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God. The shamrock has since become a central symbol for St Patrick's Day. Another fun tidbit: the absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill. (Must be why the Irish are so terrified of snakes - I've never met an Irishman who thinks they're cool.) St. Patrick passed away on March 17, so it only makes sense that we hoop it up on the anniversary of his death every year. As for all the talk about leprechauns, these little creatures are the heart of Irish folklore, myth and magic.
With strong values centered around human connection, family, tradition, humor, magic and mischief – the Irish remind us what it means to live life like it's meant to be lived: like a celebration! The Irish tend to look for the silver lining in all situations, are known for their sense of humor, and find joy in the little things. (No wonder I'm so proud to be Irish...)
As this day comes to a end, I leave you with these Irish wishes:
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
Wherever you go and whatever you do
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.
With love, always - P