Happy Paddy’s Day!

Rice_MysticGuardian200x300Top o’ the mornin’ and a Happy Paddy’s Day to ya!

(My Mystic Isle is too tropical for Ireland, but for today, can we all agree there is something mystical about the Emerald Isle?)

My mother, whose parents came directly from the Ould Sod in the early 1900s, was stereotypical red-haired Irish, green eyes, hot temper and all. My cousin tells me she was determined to name her children Pat and Mike, for reasons I don’t fathom until this day. I know rafts of us were named Patricia in the 1950s because of movie actress Patricia Neal, and the Tracy/Hepburn movie Pat and Mike came along in 1952, but I don’t remember my mother ever going to the movies.   Patricia_neal

So my theory is that she wanted us to be saints. I’m named after St Patrick and my brother after St Michael, making us Irish Catholic inside and out.

Since this is St Patrick’s Day, I claim it for my own, even if St Pat was actually English. Of course, he was English. Didn’t the English do their very best to turn Ireland into England? In Pat’s case, he might have had a point, since Irish raiders kidnapped the sixteen-year-old from his wealthy home and essentially forced him into servitude until he escaped six years later. And what does the man do but decide to go back and teach the heathens?

BlarneyBut Saint Patrick had developed an understanding of the Irish culture and language in his years of labor—and that intelligent, sensitive boy’s story is one I’d like to write someday. When he returned to teach Christianity to heathens, he adapted the pagan rituals to Christian beliefs—celebrating Easter with bonfires and creating the Celtic cross to represent  both the Christian cross and the pagan sun worship. Myth has it that he used the shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity, but legends have a way of developing themselves.  Celtic cross

Tradition has it that he died on March 17, 461, during Lent when eating meat was prohibited. Sometime after that, the church began holding services on that day, then celebrating with dancing and feasting in the afternoon, sort of like an Irish Mardi Gras to relieve the onus of Lent. Irish bacon and cabbage would be part of that feast, and thus carried into today’s celebrations.

But the Irish never held parades the way Americans do. The first—informal—parade was said to be in New York City in 1762 when Irish soldiers in the British military marched down the street playing their pipes. But as we all know, soldiers will use any excuse for a good drinking and feasting celebration. The millions of Americans who claim Irish ancestry, like me, have turned a saint’s day into a celebratory occasion—or in times past, a political arm-twisting. Whatever the truth—I love the legends and the history. Not the  green beer so much!

What traditions did your families bring over from their countries? And isn’t it amazing that the United States consists of people who mostly migrated here in the last few centuries—except for the Native Americans who did so well before the Europeans. We truly are an amazing melting pot, and I hope that’s one tradition we’ll continue forever.

 

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90 thoughts on “Happy Paddy’s Day!”

  1. My uncle’s birthday is today. I’ll give you one guess what middle name his Irish Catholic parents gave him!
    I worked in pubs in central London for years – St Patrick’s Day was a Really Big Deal there. I always ended up going home from work that night with a mountain of Guinness merchandise.
    However, it’s not a good day of the week for celebrating this year! My cousin is an Irish dancer and they’re invited to perform all over our city (Canberra) on this day. But honestly… Monday? You should never have St Patrick’s Day on a Monday!

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  2. My uncle’s birthday is today. I’ll give you one guess what middle name his Irish Catholic parents gave him!
    I worked in pubs in central London for years – St Patrick’s Day was a Really Big Deal there. I always ended up going home from work that night with a mountain of Guinness merchandise.
    However, it’s not a good day of the week for celebrating this year! My cousin is an Irish dancer and they’re invited to perform all over our city (Canberra) on this day. But honestly… Monday? You should never have St Patrick’s Day on a Monday!

    Reply
  3. My uncle’s birthday is today. I’ll give you one guess what middle name his Irish Catholic parents gave him!
    I worked in pubs in central London for years – St Patrick’s Day was a Really Big Deal there. I always ended up going home from work that night with a mountain of Guinness merchandise.
    However, it’s not a good day of the week for celebrating this year! My cousin is an Irish dancer and they’re invited to perform all over our city (Canberra) on this day. But honestly… Monday? You should never have St Patrick’s Day on a Monday!

    Reply
  4. My uncle’s birthday is today. I’ll give you one guess what middle name his Irish Catholic parents gave him!
    I worked in pubs in central London for years – St Patrick’s Day was a Really Big Deal there. I always ended up going home from work that night with a mountain of Guinness merchandise.
    However, it’s not a good day of the week for celebrating this year! My cousin is an Irish dancer and they’re invited to perform all over our city (Canberra) on this day. But honestly… Monday? You should never have St Patrick’s Day on a Monday!

    Reply
  5. My uncle’s birthday is today. I’ll give you one guess what middle name his Irish Catholic parents gave him!
    I worked in pubs in central London for years – St Patrick’s Day was a Really Big Deal there. I always ended up going home from work that night with a mountain of Guinness merchandise.
    However, it’s not a good day of the week for celebrating this year! My cousin is an Irish dancer and they’re invited to perform all over our city (Canberra) on this day. But honestly… Monday? You should never have St Patrick’s Day on a Monday!

    Reply
  6. We had an office party scheduled for St. Patrick’s, as a friend tells me “We plan, God laughs.” It snowed, (I am grateful I am not on the road; two major bypasses have 2 and 3 hour delays because of overturned vehicles, including a bus.)
    So I am huddled at home with a tempting plate of baklava. Why baklava on St. Patrick’s day? I usually bring it to office celebrations, but offered green hummous. This offer was kindly rejected. As was tabouli, even though it was green.
    So I get to read, even though it’s not one of the new releases I can’t wait to get the electron to click on.

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  7. We had an office party scheduled for St. Patrick’s, as a friend tells me “We plan, God laughs.” It snowed, (I am grateful I am not on the road; two major bypasses have 2 and 3 hour delays because of overturned vehicles, including a bus.)
    So I am huddled at home with a tempting plate of baklava. Why baklava on St. Patrick’s day? I usually bring it to office celebrations, but offered green hummous. This offer was kindly rejected. As was tabouli, even though it was green.
    So I get to read, even though it’s not one of the new releases I can’t wait to get the electron to click on.

    Reply
  8. We had an office party scheduled for St. Patrick’s, as a friend tells me “We plan, God laughs.” It snowed, (I am grateful I am not on the road; two major bypasses have 2 and 3 hour delays because of overturned vehicles, including a bus.)
    So I am huddled at home with a tempting plate of baklava. Why baklava on St. Patrick’s day? I usually bring it to office celebrations, but offered green hummous. This offer was kindly rejected. As was tabouli, even though it was green.
    So I get to read, even though it’s not one of the new releases I can’t wait to get the electron to click on.

    Reply
  9. We had an office party scheduled for St. Patrick’s, as a friend tells me “We plan, God laughs.” It snowed, (I am grateful I am not on the road; two major bypasses have 2 and 3 hour delays because of overturned vehicles, including a bus.)
    So I am huddled at home with a tempting plate of baklava. Why baklava on St. Patrick’s day? I usually bring it to office celebrations, but offered green hummous. This offer was kindly rejected. As was tabouli, even though it was green.
    So I get to read, even though it’s not one of the new releases I can’t wait to get the electron to click on.

    Reply
  10. We had an office party scheduled for St. Patrick’s, as a friend tells me “We plan, God laughs.” It snowed, (I am grateful I am not on the road; two major bypasses have 2 and 3 hour delays because of overturned vehicles, including a bus.)
    So I am huddled at home with a tempting plate of baklava. Why baklava on St. Patrick’s day? I usually bring it to office celebrations, but offered green hummous. This offer was kindly rejected. As was tabouli, even though it was green.
    So I get to read, even though it’s not one of the new releases I can’t wait to get the electron to click on.

    Reply
  11. The first Parade was held in Boston in 1737, and continues to this day.
    I am a mixed breed Irish – my Mother was born in Belfast and my Da’s family from Ireland.

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  12. The first Parade was held in Boston in 1737, and continues to this day.
    I am a mixed breed Irish – my Mother was born in Belfast and my Da’s family from Ireland.

    Reply
  13. The first Parade was held in Boston in 1737, and continues to this day.
    I am a mixed breed Irish – my Mother was born in Belfast and my Da’s family from Ireland.

    Reply
  14. The first Parade was held in Boston in 1737, and continues to this day.
    I am a mixed breed Irish – my Mother was born in Belfast and my Da’s family from Ireland.

    Reply
  15. The first Parade was held in Boston in 1737, and continues to this day.
    I am a mixed breed Irish – my Mother was born in Belfast and my Da’s family from Ireland.

    Reply
  16. I hope your uncle had a great name to go with thatPatrick!
    Aye yi yi, I hadn’t thought about the Irish dancing all over town on a…Monday. Groan. May the wind be at her back!

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  17. I hope your uncle had a great name to go with thatPatrick!
    Aye yi yi, I hadn’t thought about the Irish dancing all over town on a…Monday. Groan. May the wind be at her back!

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  18. I hope your uncle had a great name to go with thatPatrick!
    Aye yi yi, I hadn’t thought about the Irish dancing all over town on a…Monday. Groan. May the wind be at her back!

    Reply
  19. I hope your uncle had a great name to go with thatPatrick!
    Aye yi yi, I hadn’t thought about the Irish dancing all over town on a…Monday. Groan. May the wind be at her back!

    Reply
  20. I hope your uncle had a great name to go with thatPatrick!
    Aye yi yi, I hadn’t thought about the Irish dancing all over town on a…Monday. Groan. May the wind be at her back!

    Reply
  21. LOL on the electron clickings. Must remember that. Ugh on the snow, though. I am sooooo glad to be out of that. My Irish heart may cling to green, but not to the snow.
    I trust the baklava isn’t green!

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  22. LOL on the electron clickings. Must remember that. Ugh on the snow, though. I am sooooo glad to be out of that. My Irish heart may cling to green, but not to the snow.
    I trust the baklava isn’t green!

    Reply
  23. LOL on the electron clickings. Must remember that. Ugh on the snow, though. I am sooooo glad to be out of that. My Irish heart may cling to green, but not to the snow.
    I trust the baklava isn’t green!

    Reply
  24. LOL on the electron clickings. Must remember that. Ugh on the snow, though. I am sooooo glad to be out of that. My Irish heart may cling to green, but not to the snow.
    I trust the baklava isn’t green!

    Reply
  25. LOL on the electron clickings. Must remember that. Ugh on the snow, though. I am sooooo glad to be out of that. My Irish heart may cling to green, but not to the snow.
    I trust the baklava isn’t green!

    Reply
  26. Did you march in the parade, proudly waving the green? I really wanted to attend the one in Savannah, where at least there would be a chance of warmth when the parade starts. Maybe one day…
    A Happy Paddy’s Day to ya, then!

    Reply
  27. Did you march in the parade, proudly waving the green? I really wanted to attend the one in Savannah, where at least there would be a chance of warmth when the parade starts. Maybe one day…
    A Happy Paddy’s Day to ya, then!

    Reply
  28. Did you march in the parade, proudly waving the green? I really wanted to attend the one in Savannah, where at least there would be a chance of warmth when the parade starts. Maybe one day…
    A Happy Paddy’s Day to ya, then!

    Reply
  29. Did you march in the parade, proudly waving the green? I really wanted to attend the one in Savannah, where at least there would be a chance of warmth when the parade starts. Maybe one day…
    A Happy Paddy’s Day to ya, then!

    Reply
  30. Did you march in the parade, proudly waving the green? I really wanted to attend the one in Savannah, where at least there would be a chance of warmth when the parade starts. Maybe one day…
    A Happy Paddy’s Day to ya, then!

    Reply
  31. I have a feeling that a fair number of my ancestors spent a lot of time moving illicit goods by moonlight from the sandy beaches of Dorset and Eastern Hampshire ! Whilst the husbands were busy wielding the clayemore in the far north of scotland !Happy St Patricks to one and all.

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  32. I have a feeling that a fair number of my ancestors spent a lot of time moving illicit goods by moonlight from the sandy beaches of Dorset and Eastern Hampshire ! Whilst the husbands were busy wielding the clayemore in the far north of scotland !Happy St Patricks to one and all.

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  33. I have a feeling that a fair number of my ancestors spent a lot of time moving illicit goods by moonlight from the sandy beaches of Dorset and Eastern Hampshire ! Whilst the husbands were busy wielding the clayemore in the far north of scotland !Happy St Patricks to one and all.

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  34. I have a feeling that a fair number of my ancestors spent a lot of time moving illicit goods by moonlight from the sandy beaches of Dorset and Eastern Hampshire ! Whilst the husbands were busy wielding the clayemore in the far north of scotland !Happy St Patricks to one and all.

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  35. I have a feeling that a fair number of my ancestors spent a lot of time moving illicit goods by moonlight from the sandy beaches of Dorset and Eastern Hampshire ! Whilst the husbands were busy wielding the clayemore in the far north of scotland !Happy St Patricks to one and all.

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  36. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all !! My ancestors were Welsh and English on my father’s side. Didn’t come into this country until the late 1800’s. I am Native American – Cherokee and Creek on my mother’s side. There may well have been an Irishman in there somewhere as my mother’s maiden name is Jones. LOL
    I did make myself a lovely Reuben sandwich this evening in honor of the day. YUM!

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  37. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all !! My ancestors were Welsh and English on my father’s side. Didn’t come into this country until the late 1800’s. I am Native American – Cherokee and Creek on my mother’s side. There may well have been an Irishman in there somewhere as my mother’s maiden name is Jones. LOL
    I did make myself a lovely Reuben sandwich this evening in honor of the day. YUM!

    Reply
  38. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all !! My ancestors were Welsh and English on my father’s side. Didn’t come into this country until the late 1800’s. I am Native American – Cherokee and Creek on my mother’s side. There may well have been an Irishman in there somewhere as my mother’s maiden name is Jones. LOL
    I did make myself a lovely Reuben sandwich this evening in honor of the day. YUM!

    Reply
  39. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all !! My ancestors were Welsh and English on my father’s side. Didn’t come into this country until the late 1800’s. I am Native American – Cherokee and Creek on my mother’s side. There may well have been an Irishman in there somewhere as my mother’s maiden name is Jones. LOL
    I did make myself a lovely Reuben sandwich this evening in honor of the day. YUM!

    Reply
  40. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all !! My ancestors were Welsh and English on my father’s side. Didn’t come into this country until the late 1800’s. I am Native American – Cherokee and Creek on my mother’s side. There may well have been an Irishman in there somewhere as my mother’s maiden name is Jones. LOL
    I did make myself a lovely Reuben sandwich this evening in honor of the day. YUM!

    Reply
  41. Scottish and English mostly for me, though I’m 6th generation Aussie with a dash of Northern irish courtesy of my grandmother, who my grandad met while on leave from The War.
    We celebrate St Pat’s Day downunder, too, but the biggest celebration of St Pat’s Day I saw was in San Diego, which seemed to me as much Mexican as Irish, and all the better for the mix, I thought. I suspect all kinds of cultural celebrations are bigger away from the country of their origin, homesickness playing a big part of it.
    And while I do avoid the green beer, I won’t say no to a drop of Jameson’s and some good Irish fiddle playing.

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  42. Scottish and English mostly for me, though I’m 6th generation Aussie with a dash of Northern irish courtesy of my grandmother, who my grandad met while on leave from The War.
    We celebrate St Pat’s Day downunder, too, but the biggest celebration of St Pat’s Day I saw was in San Diego, which seemed to me as much Mexican as Irish, and all the better for the mix, I thought. I suspect all kinds of cultural celebrations are bigger away from the country of their origin, homesickness playing a big part of it.
    And while I do avoid the green beer, I won’t say no to a drop of Jameson’s and some good Irish fiddle playing.

    Reply
  43. Scottish and English mostly for me, though I’m 6th generation Aussie with a dash of Northern irish courtesy of my grandmother, who my grandad met while on leave from The War.
    We celebrate St Pat’s Day downunder, too, but the biggest celebration of St Pat’s Day I saw was in San Diego, which seemed to me as much Mexican as Irish, and all the better for the mix, I thought. I suspect all kinds of cultural celebrations are bigger away from the country of their origin, homesickness playing a big part of it.
    And while I do avoid the green beer, I won’t say no to a drop of Jameson’s and some good Irish fiddle playing.

    Reply
  44. Scottish and English mostly for me, though I’m 6th generation Aussie with a dash of Northern irish courtesy of my grandmother, who my grandad met while on leave from The War.
    We celebrate St Pat’s Day downunder, too, but the biggest celebration of St Pat’s Day I saw was in San Diego, which seemed to me as much Mexican as Irish, and all the better for the mix, I thought. I suspect all kinds of cultural celebrations are bigger away from the country of their origin, homesickness playing a big part of it.
    And while I do avoid the green beer, I won’t say no to a drop of Jameson’s and some good Irish fiddle playing.

    Reply
  45. Scottish and English mostly for me, though I’m 6th generation Aussie with a dash of Northern irish courtesy of my grandmother, who my grandad met while on leave from The War.
    We celebrate St Pat’s Day downunder, too, but the biggest celebration of St Pat’s Day I saw was in San Diego, which seemed to me as much Mexican as Irish, and all the better for the mix, I thought. I suspect all kinds of cultural celebrations are bigger away from the country of their origin, homesickness playing a big part of it.
    And while I do avoid the green beer, I won’t say no to a drop of Jameson’s and some good Irish fiddle playing.

    Reply
  46. *Hangs head in shame* I didn’t do anything to celebrate this year. I couldn’t even wear green because of work. 🙁 I’ve never had the green beer though I’ve had other green (sometimes nameless) drinks to celebrate through the years.
    I’ve got mostly German and Swedish ancestors but at least one or 2 from Ireland who’ve been in America a long time. My family were all farmers before and for a long time after crossing over.

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  47. *Hangs head in shame* I didn’t do anything to celebrate this year. I couldn’t even wear green because of work. 🙁 I’ve never had the green beer though I’ve had other green (sometimes nameless) drinks to celebrate through the years.
    I’ve got mostly German and Swedish ancestors but at least one or 2 from Ireland who’ve been in America a long time. My family were all farmers before and for a long time after crossing over.

    Reply
  48. *Hangs head in shame* I didn’t do anything to celebrate this year. I couldn’t even wear green because of work. 🙁 I’ve never had the green beer though I’ve had other green (sometimes nameless) drinks to celebrate through the years.
    I’ve got mostly German and Swedish ancestors but at least one or 2 from Ireland who’ve been in America a long time. My family were all farmers before and for a long time after crossing over.

    Reply
  49. *Hangs head in shame* I didn’t do anything to celebrate this year. I couldn’t even wear green because of work. 🙁 I’ve never had the green beer though I’ve had other green (sometimes nameless) drinks to celebrate through the years.
    I’ve got mostly German and Swedish ancestors but at least one or 2 from Ireland who’ve been in America a long time. My family were all farmers before and for a long time after crossing over.

    Reply
  50. *Hangs head in shame* I didn’t do anything to celebrate this year. I couldn’t even wear green because of work. 🙁 I’ve never had the green beer though I’ve had other green (sometimes nameless) drinks to celebrate through the years.
    I’ve got mostly German and Swedish ancestors but at least one or 2 from Ireland who’ve been in America a long time. My family were all farmers before and for a long time after crossing over.

    Reply
  51. It was my great-great-grandparents who came over from Ireland. I never knew about St. Patrick’s Day parades until I was an adult. We had one here on St. Thomas yesterday! Sort of a motley crew here in the tropics, but it was fun to watch. Tweeted.

    Reply
  52. It was my great-great-grandparents who came over from Ireland. I never knew about St. Patrick’s Day parades until I was an adult. We had one here on St. Thomas yesterday! Sort of a motley crew here in the tropics, but it was fun to watch. Tweeted.

    Reply
  53. It was my great-great-grandparents who came over from Ireland. I never knew about St. Patrick’s Day parades until I was an adult. We had one here on St. Thomas yesterday! Sort of a motley crew here in the tropics, but it was fun to watch. Tweeted.

    Reply
  54. It was my great-great-grandparents who came over from Ireland. I never knew about St. Patrick’s Day parades until I was an adult. We had one here on St. Thomas yesterday! Sort of a motley crew here in the tropics, but it was fun to watch. Tweeted.

    Reply
  55. It was my great-great-grandparents who came over from Ireland. I never knew about St. Patrick’s Day parades until I was an adult. We had one here on St. Thomas yesterday! Sort of a motley crew here in the tropics, but it was fun to watch. Tweeted.

    Reply

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