Kiss Me…I’m Irish…and other St. Patrick’s day fun!

Yes it’s true, we don’t just talk about photography here although we are pretty nerdy about that! Since it’s March, we thought  a blog on St Patrick’s Day would be appropriate. So what is St Patrick’s Day anyways and what are some of the slang expressions associated with it?

According to Wikipedia:

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 celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3]. Christians also attend church services[5][7] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9]

Ya think? Can you say “green beer” anyone? Drinking is a big part of St. Patrick’s Day, but sometimes drinking can bring you good luck, not just a hangover.  The Irish believe that if you float the shamrock in your whiskey before drinking it, you will have a prosperous year.

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Kiss Me, I’m Irish – The phrase,  is a reference to the famous Blarney Stone found in Ireland. It is said anyone who kisses the stone is blessed with being eloquent

The color green – Green wasn’t Saint Patrick’s color but as St. Patrick’s Day shifted from just being a religious holiday to a day celebrating Ireland’s history, colors associated with March 17 turned green. On March 17th, during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, an uprising against British rule in Ireland, Irish soldiers wore green uniforms as a political statement. People enjoy wearing green, eating green food, and drinking green beer to celebrate this day.  Green pancakes are my fave.  Here is an easy recipe. http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/986203/st-patricks-day-pancake-recipe

Four leaf clovers – there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every “lucky” four leaf clover.

Luck of the Irish – it’s interesting that Christians don’t really believe in luck, but instead the providential sovereignty of God. But somehow the idea of “luck” has invaded this holiday.  According to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of ‘1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History,’ the term is not Irish in origin.

“During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.” The word was probably introduced into the English language in the 15th century as a gambling term.

HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY!  WE WISH YOU ALL THE “LUCK” (or Providence) YOU CAN GET!  And don’t forget to keep those pocket cameras available at a moment’s notice.  You might catch some pretty fun and interesting photos with your shamrock whiskey or green pancakes in hand.  Now that’s gold!

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