Happy Saint Patrick's Day
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Poems, History, and the Shamrock

Happy Saint Patrick Day to the Irish and the Irish at heart ! Each year on March 17th, everyone can be Irish.

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It's time for some "wearin' of the green". On and around March 17th, it's a custom to wear one or more green items - such as a hat, tie, sweater, shirt, and especially the shamrock - or you just might get pinched !!!

Or worse, you might get hit with a shillelagh ! (A shillelagh - pronounced "she lay lee" or "she lay-lah", is a walking stick with a big knot on the end, also used as a switch. Beware the Irish temper if you misbehave!)

People put food coloring in their food and drink, some cities hold parades, Chicago even colors the river green.

But how many really know what these customs are all about?

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          at the end of the Rainbow

When is Saint Patrick's Day?

When do we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day each year?

Why do we celebrate it?

Saint Patrick's Day Poems

I wrote these 7 original short poems as limericks - most of them as prayers - to give honor to the faith and protection of Patrick, the missionary to Ireland, who lived in the 4th and 5th centuries.

The True Story of Saint Patrick

It all started with a young man who was captured from his family and taken as a slave to Ireland many years ago.

The Story and Symbol of the Shamrock

Do you know the story of the shamrock? What does the symbol of the shamrock mean?

I've also posted some of my own images and photos of shamrocks and 3 leaf clovers.

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland

Saint Patrick is honored as the patron - the special protector - of Ireland and the Irish people.

Over the years, many Irish people had to leave Ireland, because of persecution. Many people also left during the Irish potato famines in the 1800's.

The Irish have settled in many places around the world. Many of them have kept the customs of their rich Irish heritage. In some places, there's a parade on St. Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick's Day is Celebrated around the World

Saint Patrick joins the ranks of holy people that are universally loved and known by people around the world:

  • Saint Valentine (Valentine's Day) - February 14th
  • Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost things - June 13th
  • Saint Therese the Little Flower, patron of missionaries - October 1st (or October 3rd)
  • Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals - October 4th
  • Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) - December 6th

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