St. Patrick’s Day.
No. Really, I do. Massively. Unquantifiably!
It is one of my absolute favorite holidays of the year. I have Irish ancestry and when I was growing up, St. Patrick’s Day was something I looked forward to every single year. We’d listen to The Clancy Brothers (which I have included for your listening pleasure!) Then we’d eat corned beef and cabbage and carrots and slather everything in deli mustard.
We’d yell and laugh and be as boisterous as we could. It was a day of celebration. Of memory. Of song. And of laughter.
We thought of our ancestors, our living relatives, our future descendants.
If there was a day I thought about the concept of family, St. Patrick’s Day was it.
Wikipedia says that my family wasn’t the only ones who felt this way.
Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irishness and Irish culture.
The day generally involves public parades and festivals, céilithe, and wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,Northern Ireland,Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
It’s a day when the Irish remember their heritage, their roots, their trials, their woes, and the brilliance of their hearts.
So join me in a pint!
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!
(“St. Patrick’s Day Blessings be upon you all”)
Be sure to find yourself a seamróg on this wonderful lá saoire, to have yourself a bit of Ádh na nÉireannach!
(That’s “shamrock”, “holiday”, and “Luck of the Irish”, respectively. And, yes… Tá mé ag foighlaim na Gaeilge!)
Some phrases to know:
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! (Law Ale-yah Paw-drig Sunna Git) “Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!” (singular)
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! (Law Ale-yah Paw-drig Sunna Geev) “Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!” (two or more)
Pionta Guinness, le do thoil. (Pyun-tah Guiness, leh duh hul): “A pint of Guinness, please!”
An bhfuil tú ar meisce fós? (An vwill too air mesh-keh fohs): “Are you drunk, yet?”
Is Éireannach mé! (Is Air-an-nakt may) “I am Irish!”
Go raibh maith agat. (Go rav may a-gut) “Thank you.
Tá fáilte romhat. (Taw fahl-chuh ro-hot) “You’re welcome”
“Sláinte is táinte! (Sloyn-chuh is toyn-chuh) “Health and Wealth!”
So, my dear readers, Sláinte to you all! Drink well, be with friends, and be safe!
And, because I’m feeling generous, I’m sharing one of my favorite little series with you all. It’s a bit on the erotic side, but it’s sure fun and the main character is perfect for today’s celebration. Just don’t steal his gold, mm? This is the Grey Court Series by Dana Marie Bell.
And here’s some more Irish Luck for you! It’s the first book in a wonderful trilogy by Nora Roberts where luck (and a little bit of Fae magic) bring together two people, a world and an ocean apart!
And if you prefer the darker, more honest side of Irish mythology, check out Karen Marie Moning’s FEVER Series. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely for the heart that wants a journey!
Because I’m super EXTRA nice, I’m going to share with you the movie list I have for my family
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Make sure you drop a line below and tell me what your family does for St. Patrick’s Day! Or if you’ve never celebrated it before! For some, it’s a holiday of drinking, for others, it’s like I see it. Not that I don’t partake in a little uisce beatha or beoir, myself! Do you sing? Drink? Have a favorite pub?
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