Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to You!
(pronounced, roughly: /lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch/.)St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite days. I wear green (duh!) Don my favorite Celtic jewelry, and make my yearly Irish Soda Bread. Want to stop by for tea?
I thought I would share a few St. Patrick's Day tidbits with you because you just never know when you'll be quizzed on this. lol So feel free to take notes.
St. Patrick's Day Tidbits You Gotta Know:
Wearing the Green
Did you know blue not green was the color originally associated with St. Patrick?
On Ireland's Presidential Standard (flag) “St Patrick’s Blue” is used. It wasn't until the 18th century when 'wearing the Green' came about. Most likely it was used as a symbol of sympathy for Irish independence.
The legend of the Shamrock:
In an attempt to explain the three-in-one principle of the Holy Trinity to the pagan King Laoghaire (pronounced Leary), St. Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock as his aid.
Four-leafed shamrocks or four-leaf clover: The Irish have a tradition that says if someone finds one by accident they will have good luck. The leaves stand for: Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck. The Irish believe that finding a four-leaf clover is LUCKY but finding one with 5 or more is UNLUCKY.
Druids believed when they carried a shamrock with them, they would be able to see evil spirits and would be able to avoid them. They believed the four-leaf clovers guarded them against bad luck and offered magical protection.
Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day on MARCH 17th?
St. Patrick died on this day and it is his recognition as the Patron Saint of Ireland. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a religious day. Of course there's praying, singing and dancing.
Pinches for Not Wearing Green
Look around you and see if you spot someone not wearing green. It is tradition to pinch someone who forgets to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, but only if you're wearing green. However beware: If you pinch someone who is wearing green then that person may pinch you back ten times!
Leprechauns are known as guardians of ancient treasure, left by Danes as they marauded through Ireland, burying it in crocks or pots. Leprechauns regard mortals as foolish, flighty, and greedy creatures. The legend: If you catch a leprechaun, he will promise you great riches if you set him free. Make sure you do not take your eyes off him until he does. In a blink of an eye, he can vanish.
The Leprechaun carries two pouches. In one he keeps a magical silver shilling that returns to the pouch each time it is given away. In the other pouch, he carries a gold coin that he uses to bribe his way out of situations. The gold coin turns to leaves or ash once the leprechaun gives it away.
Favorite Irish Movies:
The Quiet Man (John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara)
Tristan and Isolde (starring James Franco and Sophia Myles)
Darby O'Gill and The Little People (starring Sean Connery, Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro)
The Matchmaker (starring Janeane Garofalo and David O'Hara)
Far and Away (starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman)
The Luck of The Irish (starring Tyrone Power and Anne Baxter)
Leap Year (starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode)
Favorite Irish Books:
Books by Morgan Llywelyn
Finn Mac Cool
Lions of Ireland
Price of Lions
Grania (She King of the Irish Seas)
Favorite Irish authors:
Oscar Wilde- The Picture of Dorian Gray
Bram Stoker- Dracula
Darren Shan- Cirque du Freak YA series
Favorite Irish Sayings:
Beagán agus a rá go maith.
Be (e as in echo) gawn og us uh rah go (as in going) mah.
Say little but say it well.
Irish Artists/Celtic Music: (Click on the name for samples of their music)
Great Big Sea
Brick Top Blaggers
Ewan McGregor (I've been corrected. He's Scottish! But he did play an Irish writer: James Joyce in a movie.) Hee hee--close enough don't you think? :)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe)
Irish Soda Bread Recipe
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of dried currents (optional)
1 tablespoon of caraway seed (optional) (This has a strong taste think rye bread)
1 egg (lightly beaten)
2 cups of buttermilk (you can substitute by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to whole milk.)
1/4 cup butter (melted)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease bread pan or use a nonstick spray.
- Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda, (caraway seed and currents). In a separate bowl, blend egg and buttermilk together, and then add it to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.
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