A Miracle on Saint Patrick’s Day!
I have to admit that till I decided to write this blog I had not connected the dots and realized the Miracle that had happened in our lives. Not being Irish I didn’t know much about Saint Patrick. I certainly didn’t think I would have a St. Patrick’s Day miracle you can bank on. We had come back from Saudi Arabia, where we had a very posh comfortable life to the USA. In the USA we were struggling to adjust as everything had changed.
Saint Patrick’s Day
We were desperate to find a well-paid job (any job) when I got hired on March 17th 2016. It was a Miracle my miracle. I was a trained educator and to be able to make this transition to another career could only happen with the support of my husband and Saint Patrick.A St. Patrick's Day Miracle You Can Bank On Click To Tweet
I want to share some of the things about Saint Patrick. If you have any story to share do share in the comments.
or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Who Was Saint Patrick?
According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”.
Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.
In Ireland, which has St Patrick as its patron saint, people were able to wear both the shamrock and the palm on the same day.
Why do people get pinched on St Patrick’s Day?
If we don’t wear green, it’s considered shameful and we get pinched. In addition to that, people often wear green on St. Patrick’s Day to make themselves invisible to mischievous leprechauns.
Anyone who practices the pinching tradition and pinches others who aren’t wearing green can be compared to the leprechauns.
Celebrations & Traditions: St Patrick’s Day
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music sessions (céilithe), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances, although these were more common in the past. St Patrick’s Day parades began in North America.
The participants generally include marching bands, the military, fire brigades, cultural organizations, charitable organizations, voluntary associations, youth groups, fraternities, and so on. Sometimes it’s a St. Patrick’s Day miracle there aren’t any drunken brawls until after the parades.
However, over time, many of the parades have become more akin to a carnival. More effort is made to use the Irish language, especially in Ireland, where the week of St Patrick’s Day is “Irish language week”.
So, if you are in Seattle like me get the details for the parade here St Patrick’s Day Parade in Seattle.
Wearing Green On Saint Patrick’s Day
On St Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing or green accessories. St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
I am not Irish but my mother-in-law is so, one of the things I look forward to doing on Saint Patrick’s Day is getting McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
Valentine’s Day marks the official start of Shamrock Shake season at McDonald’s. The annual offering, which debuted in 1970, is available now at participating locations until March 28. McDonald’s describes it as “vanilla soft serve blended with Shamrock Shake syrup and topped with delicious whipped topping.” It’s so popular there’s a Shamrock Shake Finder component of the McD’s app.
These are some of my learnings about Saint Patrick’s Day.
A Saint Patrick’s Day miracle can happen. Especially if you believe.
Do buy a few green gifts for your friends & family & if they’ve good luck they’ll remember you.
What about you? Do you have any stories that you would like to share?
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