Every 17th of March Ireland celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day, a national holiday, and holds festivals and special events to commemorate the Saint who reportedly banished snakes from the Emerald Isle. Saint Patrick is also the Patron Saint of Ireland and influenced the migration of Christianity to the country.
Traditionally, people wear something green on Saint Patrick ‘s Day, which is known in the Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S. and other countries that celebrate the day as “the wearing of the green.” Regardless of cultural background, everyone wears green because on this day, everyone is considered to be Irish.
In Ireland, however, the wearing of the green is not customary. Instead, Irish will wear shamrocks to symbolize the teaching of the holy trinity by Saint Patrick. A shamrock is a green plant, also known as a clover and a small bunch of shamrocks is pinned to the breast of one’s coat.
Last Spring I was very fortunate and had the opportunity to visit my niece Sarah in Ireland. What a beautiful country – and because she is still there I feel I have a bit of Irish in my blood!
This is beautiful St Stephen’s Green in Dublin – a stunning park in the middle of the city.
And below the windy Wicklow Mountains – a little later in the season these mountains would be lush green with purple lavender growing in abundance. So beautiful!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone – and a special shout out to my sweet niece Sarah!