Lucky in Love BlogHop

I.

Love.

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),[3] the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.[2] However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irishness and Irish culture.[4]

The day generally involves public parades and festivals, céilithe, and wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[5] Christians also attend church services[4][6] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day.[4][5][7][8]

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[9]Northern Ireland,[10]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 :D

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

 

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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?

 

P. S. If you’re looking for more Irish words, check out Bite Size Irish Gaelic’s amazing website and these great forums!

 

 

And that’s not all!!

 

There are  over 300 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger during the hop so visit them by clicking this here.

We have TWO grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog in this blog hop of around 300 participating blogs and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?
 1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

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  • Ellie Heller

    I used to love St Pats when I was young, single and living in Chicago. It was quite a party!

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      The very idea of spending St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago thrills me to NO END, LOL! What was your favorite part?? Do they do dye the river green? I forget which city does that, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/JenniferJames34 Jennifer James

    And of course you’re making me sit here trying to speak Gaelic….. How many languages do you know? How many do you dabble in? how many have you invented??? :)

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      I know two, I dabble in about six, and I’ve invented two.

      I don’t feel like I should have been able to fully answer that question, however. :p

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

  • http://twitter.com/harvester5905 Joy F

    All we do is dress green.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  • Urbanista

    When I was a kid, we always had corned beef and cabbage, which I still love. Then we’d eat the leftover corned beef on rye bread… After following this blog hop all day, I tried to think of anything Irish I enjoyed. Suddenly, The Book of Kells came to mind! So I’ll be enjoying my Book of Kells book all weekend! Beautiful!

    Urb
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  • Sabrina Garie

    I personally have a thing for St. David’s Day, patron saint of Wales which is March 1. All those Celtic saints have to hang together you know. Really, what could more fun, more celebratory than wearing leeks on your shirt (yes, yes they do). Noswaith Dda (Good evening in Welsh). Enjoy the blog hop.

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      You know I totally missed St. David’s Day, this year!! Portland, OR, has a festival every year!!

  • Veronica

    My friends and I definitely see it as a drinking holiday. Green beer. I also really like making green mashed potatoes!

    xo_veronica16[at]hotmail[dot]com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      Green mashed potatoes! Dr. Seuss meets Tommy Mackem. Loves it :D

  • Wendy Pogrant

    Thanks for participating in the hop.
    wendy_pogrant@yahoo.com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      Always a pleasure to share in the fun of Ireland :D

  • miki

    it’s not celebrated in Belgium ( perhaps this time since an irish pub opened or will open) but i do wear green and listen to traditional music… nothing more apart that because my birthday is today so we celebrate now not tomorrow

    happy St Patrick’s day

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day *AND* Happy Birthday!!

  • kchorak

    I don’t really celebrate St. Pat.’s Day.

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      You should! It’s a blast!! All it takes is a bit of rowdiness, enjoyment of friends and family, and lots of green! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurie.goudge Laurie Goudge

    i live in a city with a big irish population so there’s always a parade and stuff which is fun

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      Ooo! I love parades!! I have never actually been to a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Soo. Here’s a question:

      Is it like Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Because that’s how I always imagined it. :D

  • JanD

    I don’t celebrate the holiday.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      Awww… That’s too bad. It’s a holiday of family and happiness!

  • bn100

    Don’t really celebrate it. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      lol, I’ll count your well wishing as celebrating! :D Happy St. Paddy’s to you, too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.hall.3344913 Amber Hall

    Thanks so much! We do the whole dinner thing too!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      Ooo, how was it, this year?? I made Irish Soda bread for the first time and it was DEEEE-LISH!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chelsea.rafferty Chelsea Rafferty

    Loved your Irish sayings… had no clue how to pronounce them ROFL but I liked learning nonetheless :) I’m a HUGE fan of Karen Marie Moning too! Love her Highlander series as well…she’s just amazing! and of course her new spin off series :)

    Hope you had a great St. Patricks Day! And thank you for participating in this awesome hop! :)

    swtlilangel4c at yahoo dot com

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      LOL, They never sound ANYTHING like they appear, let me tell ya. O.O

      I cannot wait for Dani O’Malley #2!!! I’m hearing Jan 2014?! I may die of impatience. Either that, or begin to stalk KMM… choices, choices!! :D

      Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/judy.peterson.399 Judy Peterson

    I have not been Lucky in love so far but have not given up
    yet. Happy St Paddy’s Day! And may your life always be golden!

    Judy Peterson

    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

    • http://www.fionadruce.com/ Fiona Druce

      That is an awesome way to be! Love seems to catch us best when we’re not looking! So here’s to a bright future and another wonderful St Patrick’s Day!