St Patrick’s Day

If you are Irish you know that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, even if you are not Irish, you probably know this Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day. Since I don’t write posts on Saturday, I am writing a post about it today.  St Patrick is arguably the most celebrated Saint in the world after St Valentine.

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and this day is a public holiday in Ireland and a few regions of other countries with a large number of Irish settlements. What had started off as a religious feast is now converted into a celebration in the entire world. Thanks to the globalization and the presence of large number of people of Irish ancestry in the US.

Here are a few strange facts associated with this day:

1. St Patrick wasn’t Irish – he was born British and moved to Ireland later.

2. The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue; green became associated during the 19th century.

3. Kissing an Irish man won’t bring you good luck.

4. The sale of Guinness increases by 3 times on this day.

5. Typical feast meal in Ireland is bacon as the main source of protein; however corned beef has became famous because the early Irish in New York could only find beef from the Jewish vendors.

6. Pinching people not wearing green – Some believed that wearing green would make you invisible to leprechauns (an Irish legend), who would pinch you if they got the chance.

7. St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government changed this law.

Although most people wear green and believe on celebrating this day by drowning in Irish beer or Guinness. But in case you are up for something different and healthy, then here are a few ideas with the theme green:

1. Spinach dip or Guacamole with chips for appetizer

2. Jalapeno fries

3. Green curry

4. Salad with lots of green Leafy vegetables

5. You can add a little bit of green food color to any of your entree dishes

6. Pistachio flavored ice-cream

7. Use green colored fruits like – Honey dew, Kiwi fruit etc.

8. Green lemonade with mint

9. Green jello

Have a safe and wonderful celebration of Patrick’s Day. I will end this post with a small Irish Blessing for you. Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone.

–Irish Blessing–

May you always have

Walls for the winds

A roof for the rain

Tea beside the fire

Laughter to cheer you

Those you love near you

And all your heart might desire.

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