GREEN: It's the color of grass and plants, Kermit the frog, mint and herbs, fruits and vegetables, pistachios, green tea, money, emeralds, girl scouts ( I had to throw that in there!), and of course St. Patrick's Day!!
Although I am half Czech, my Dad's ancestry is varied European. The red hair? You guessed it! There's some Irish in my blood line! My great grandma had red hair like me- her maiden name was Arah (Conley). I have traced this line as far back as 1827 West Virginia- my 3x great grandfather was orphaned and raised by foster parents. Due to a courthouse fire in the mid- 1800's, all birth and death records were destroyed!! (Not cool, and it sure makes it hard to go further!) However, I have found some clues, and may have found the "Connelly" ancestor who came over prior to the "American Revolution"!! Call me crazy, but for me, this stuff- these "facts" are a big deal!
Whether you are Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by MANY Americans every March 17th. But what is the meaning behind this "holiday"? Although it's definitly become a big drinking holiday over the decades, that's not what the day is about!
"St. Patrick" is the reason behind the holiday- he is known as the "Apostle of Ireland", as he was responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland in about the 4th century. To Catholics, March 17th is his "Feast Day", or the day he is honored by the Irish. In Ireland, it's a National holiday in which many attend mass, and ALL businesses are closed! In our country, (and perhaps others who also celebrate), this holiday has been associated with ALL THINGS IRISH: a day to wear green, drink "Guinness Beer", eat traditional Irish foods, (or ANYTHING GREEN!), watch some "River dance", talk about Leprechauns, and kiss blarney stones?! Ugh.....it's all fun anyways!
Well, I will be partaking in the festive spirit of the day, (as I try to every year!), by wearing green, making "Boxty's" for dinner, (I am bucking traditional "Corned beef & cabbage this year!), and listening to "Celtic Women"- my favorite Irish singers......so talented!!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day and here's an Irish blessing I will leave you all with:
"May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may you avoid trouble wherever you go."
Erin go Bragh! (Ireland forever!)