Are you Irish?   2 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my great readers!

Are you Irish? My answer is…..well yes….at least I was for almost 16 years (I had an “Mc” last name). While I had this Irish name I became familiar with an Irish Blessing.
From the first time I read it, my eyes welled  up with tears.
It still does……
 
For the kiddies, here is a little background info on this very green holiday!
When: March 17th.

Saint Patrick’s day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs.

Are you Irish perchance!?! Well, the saying goes everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patricks’s Day.

Roots of Tradition: Saint Patrick’s day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought christianity to the Irish people in the 400’s AD.

Erin Go Braugh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means “Ireland Forever”

Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the populaton of Ireland!

Favorite Sayings:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the rain fall softly upon your fields. And the sun shine warm upon your face.

Top of the mornin’ to you…..(and the rest of the day to ‘me self!)

May there always be work for you to do.

May your purse always hold a coin or two.

May the sun always shine on your windowpane.

May the hand of a friend always be near you.

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Everyone is a little Irish come St. Patrick’s Day, and children are no exception. While kids can’t indulge in some of the spirits-induced revelry that accompanies the festivities this holiday, there are many things little ones can do to have a good time on St. Patrick’s Day.
* Dress in green: Encourage kids to dress and accessorize in all shades of green. For even more flair, they can use face paint to draw shamrocks on their cheeks and hands.

* Crafts: From paper four-leaf clovers to homemade leprechaun hats and belt buckles, children can get in the spirit by fashioning crafts that correspond with the theme of the day.

* Treasure hunt: Send little leprechauns in search of gold at the end of the rainbow. Like an Easter egg hunt, hide gold-wrapped chocolate coins around the house and set kids off to find the treasure.

* Blarney Stone toss: Play a game of “hot potato” to Irish music using a garden rock to serve as the “Blarney Stone.” When the music stops, the person holding the stone is disqualified.

* Coin toss: Set up a pot or hat and see how many coins each child can toss into the hat. The one who gets the most in the hat wins.

* Freeze dance: Play Irish music and children have to “freeze” when the music is shut off. If someone moves, he or she has to sit out.

* Baking specialties: Invite the kids to help bake some delicious treats, such as cupcakes with green frosting

Read more: St Patricks Day Food | eHow.co.uk http://www.ehow.co.uk/st-patricks-day-food/#ixzz1GELpdal8

More Lore:
Leprechauns
  • Leprechauns have been a part of Irish folklore and legend for centuries. Irish folklore is filled with stories of fairies, gnomes and other mythical beings who used magic. The Celts called leprechauns “lobaircin,” which means “small-bodied fellow.” Leprechauns in folklore are not the ones that are depicted in American heritage. They were cobblers for the fairies, with a nasty, grumpy personality. The leprechauns hoarded treasure and guarded it fiercely, but were eternally frustrated that their treasure was sometimes revealed to humans when a rainbow appeared.

 

 

 

Shamrocks

  • The shamrock is one of the best known symbols of St. Patrick’s day. Shamrocks are found throughout Ireland and considered to be good luck when you find one with four leaves. It became a national emblem around the 17th century when the Irish people wore a shamrock to signify their displeasure with the English, who ruled Ireland at the time, and to show pride in their Irish heritage. The ancient Celts called the shamrock “seamroy.” To the Celt, the shamrock symbolized the rebirth of spring and was regarded as a sacred plant. In Irish folklore, St. Patrick used a shamrock to introduce the holy trinity to the Irish people, whom he was trying to convert to Christianity. The three leaves represented the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and the stem symbolized the coming together of the trinity as one.

The Color Green

  • The color green represents the country of Ireland, also called the “Emerald Isle.” Ireland has an abundance of green grass and plants due to the constant rain the island receives. Green is also a color associated with spring and new life

References

Photo Credit

  • st patricks day image by Stephen VanHorn from Fotolia.com

Read more: What Symbols Are Associated With St. Patrick’s Day? | eHow.co.uk http://www.ehow.co.uk/list_6121335_symbols-associated-st_-patrick_s-day_.html#ixzz1GEJuRySu

http://www.ehow.co.uk/list_6121335_symbols-associated-st_-patrick_s-day_.html

http://www.kidactivities.net/category/Holidays-St-Patricks-Day-Everything.aspx

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2 responses to “Are you Irish?

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  1. Great information. I’m not a split pea soup with ham person but I’m really happy for anyone else who loves it…..LOL
    My grandchildren said the “little people” came to their house and moved some of their toys around….they had a good day.
    Hope you’re doing well. Keep up the good work!

  2. Great info! Thanks for the share- we can all benefit from a little knowledge!

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