The History of the 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!
SOME QUOTES FOR TODAY:
St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time --
a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.
The shamrock on an older shore
Sprang from a rich and sacred soil
Where saint and hero lived of yore,
And where their sons in sorrow toil.
~Maurice Francis Egen
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold youin the palm of His hand.