Like all things good and Irish, let's start with an Irish blessing. This particular blessing would be said at the start of anything related to St. Patrick's Day: May the Irish hills caress you. / May her lakes and rivers bless you / May the luck of the Irish enfold you. / May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you.
When Is St. Patrick's Day?
A little about Ireland
Who was St. Patrick?
Symbols of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day.
- The Blarney Stone: The Blarney Stone is located at Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland. As legend has it, an old woman cast a magical spell upon the stone to reward the King of Ireland for saving her from drowning in the river. The spell stated, if one kisses the Blarney Stone, then that person will receive the gift of gab (the ability to talk sweetly and convincingly). In order to kiss the Blarney Stone, you have to first get to County Cork, Ireland, but after that you have to lie down on your back, bend backward and downward, all the while holding onto to two metal bars so you don't fall down to the bottom of the wall.
- The Shamrock: The shamrock is a national symbol of Ireland. It is not to be confused with the four-leaf clover. The shamrock is mainly used as a religious symbol to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today, many people will wear a shamrock in remembrance of St. Patrick. The Irish believe that wearing a shamrock will bring one good luck.
- Wearing Green: So why do you wear green on St. Patrick's Day? For one thing, green is the beautiful color of Springtime and is very much so connected with thoughts of hope and good things to come, but you also wear green because you don't want to get pinched. School children started this pinching tradition many years ago. So if you don't want to get pinched on St. Patrick's Day, make sure you wear some green on March 17th!
- Leprechauns: What does a leprechaun look like and why are they so special? A leprechaun is an Irish fairy that looks like a little old man. He is about two feet tall and dresses like a shoemaker. A leprechaun's personality is described as distant and unfriendly. They live alone and pass the time by making shoes. Leprechauns are so special because they also possess a hidden pot of gold. If you listen closely for the sound of their hammer, you just might be able to catch a leprechaun. If you do catch one, you can then try and force him to tell you where he has hidden his pot of gold, but be careful, he will surely try and trick you. If you take your eyes off of him for even less than a second he will go POOF! and vanish, and your hopes of finding his hidden pot of gold will vanish with him.
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