Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish-inspired foods like corned beef and cabbage , shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread.
Finding A Four-Leaf Clover The shamrock represents the Trinity as St . Patrick used it to explain Christianity. Finding a four-leaf clover is supposed to bring about good luck . It might not be as easy to find one as you think though as your chance of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
“If you’re Irish, it doesn’t matter where you go—you’ll find family.” “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.” “Luck is believing you’re lucky.” “There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.”
Therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, Protestants protest by wearing orange instead of green . Ironically, no one wears white ; the placement of the white stripe between the green and orange stripes on the Irish flag is supposed to symbolize the peace between the Roman Catholic majority and the Protestant minority.
Representative dishes include Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, boxty, soda bread (predominantly in Ulster), coddle, and colcannon. Modern Irish food still uses traditional ingredients, but they are now being cooked by chefs with world influences and are presented in a more modern and artistic style.
Don’t leave Ireland without trying… Soda bread. Every family in Ireland has its own recipe for soda bread, hand-written on flour-crusted note paper and wedged in among the cookery books. Shellfish. Irish stew. Colcannon and champ. Boxty. Boiled bacon and cabbage. Smoked salmon. Black and white pudding.
Kiss me , I’m Irish is a common phrase associated with St. Patrick’s Day. It often appears on T-shirts. It originates from the legend of the Blarney Stone, which is believed to bring luck and eloquence to those who kiss it.
According to Irish legends, people lucky enough to find a leprechaun and capture him (or, in some stories, steal his magical ring, coin or amulet) can barter his freedom for his treasure. Leprechauns are usually said to be able to grant the person three wishes.
“During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . . Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘ luck of the Irish .
“May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door, and happiness be with you now and bless you evermore!” “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.
“Don’t break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.” “Give away all you like, but keep your bills and your temper.” “It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.” “ Leprechauns , castles, good luck and laughter.
Legend has it that the good luck of the shamrock began when it was a revered pagan symbol, with the missionary Patrick later using its three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity (whether he actually did so is up for debate). Today, however, the shamrock remains a secular token of good fortune.
The green of the Irish flag is the official color for St. Patrick’s Day. It is a spring green with less blue in it than some of the other shades. Pantone’s green PMS 347 is the closest match.
TODAY’S TRADITIONS Leprechauns are actually one reason you’re supposed to wear green on St . Patrick’s Day —or risk getting pinched! The tradition is tied to folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, which like to pinch anyone they can see.
One of the reasons green replaced blue was because of Ireland’s nickname, The Emerald Isle. Traditionally, the green represents the Catholics of Ireland, the orange represents the Protestant population, and the white in the middle symbolizes the peace between the two religions.