Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Luck o' the Irish

Happy St. Patrick's Day !!!

I have a wee bit of Irish in my genes, while my husbands family is half Irish. As a result, both of my children carry Irish names and are very proud of their Irish heritage. My daughter married into an Irish family and her husband loves being Irish too!! Go figure that both kids had dreams of attending Notre Dame ~

I have done some research to understand the true meaning of St. Patrick's Day and will enlighten you all too!

St. Patrick's Day is the day that celebrates Saint Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland and is usually celebrated on March 17th. The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Montserrat. In Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday. The day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat can be lifted by the local bishop. The date is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when

March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on March 15.

Hopefully you enjoyed your March 17th history class - HA!!

As always, I will be making corned beef and cabbage in my crock pot for dinner - Hope you all enjoy the day!

1 comment:

Mrs. V said...

For some reason this year....I am just not feeling it. However, I am looking forward to opening out card and special bag when I get home. Something tells me I will be having a Guiness, even if it is all by myself tonight.