In the month of March everything seems a little more green! Not only the grass, escaping it’s cover from the white snow, but we see all the green decorations of St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day brings some welcomed fun, as we celebrate the end of Winter and the joy of approaching Spring. It’s roots are based in religion, but today it’s a transcontinental celebration of Irish Culture. It’s a stress relieving time as we kick back and enjoy some of the fun traditions!
A LITTLE GREEN
Wearing green, symbolizes a color in Ireland’s flag and the lush green landscape of Ireland, the country known as “The Emerald Isle”. Some people also have fun with costumes and accentuating their make-up with a little green!
CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE
Eating corned beef, potatoes and cabbage are staples of the Irish diet, although traditionally they made the dish with bacon. But since many poor Irish immigrants couldn’t afford bacon, they substituted corned beef and this became a long time tradition. So, hit your local pub and enjoy a mug of green beer along with your meal!
LUCK AS A LEPRECHAUN
Lucky as a leprechaun, as the saying goes. According to the legend, fairies paid leprechauns in gold coins for mending their shoes. That lucky pot of gold is the place where they saved all those gold coins, so it was associated with wealth and luck!
FOUR LEAFED CLOVER
Unlike 3-leafed clovers which are abundant, the 4-leafed clover is very rare and finding one is thought to bring someone extreme luck! Try this fun activity for kids or adults: Plant a pot of clovers and watch them grow. Will you grow any lucky 4-leafers? You’ll just have to wait and see!
KISS ME I’M IRISH
The history o f this popular saying is a reference to the Blarney Stone. Legend holds that kissing this stone brings good luck and gives you the ability to never be at a loss for words, thus becoming a smooth talker. Since most of us aren’t going to hop a flight to Ireland to kiss the actual stone, they say the next best thing is to kiss an Irishman!
The most wasted of days is one without laughter. E.E. Cummings
A LITTLE LAUGHTER!
The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.