Festivals of Spring: THE FEAST OF SAINT PATRICK!

"Cead mile failte!--One hundred thousand welcomes"
--Ancient Gaelic Greeting

Drawing by: Alexis Larson-Gibson; published in Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons
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Happy Feast of Saint Patrick!

In the Irish countryside, March 17--the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick--is a day of visiting relatives and friends, and a fitting occasion to sing, feast, and partake of concerts and plays honoring the patron saint of Ireland. Most towns and cities hold a large parade in honor of the day, during which everyone wears green, for the "wearin' of the green" is a celebration of the emerald green of Ireland herself, as well as a symbol of springtime.

When I was very young, my mother would celebrate Saint Patrick's Day by speaking with an Irish brogue all day, although she is an American by birth. After our traditional Saint Patrick's day dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots, she and my father would sip Irish coffee from shamrock-encrusted Irish crystal glasses (purchased on a visit to Ireland...before I was born) while enjoying Gaelic melodies playing on the stereo. I would lie on the floor at her feet and listen as she delighted us with amusing tales about her day posing as an Irishwoman (giggling with fun at the thought that so many people had believed her brogue to be authentic) and reminisced with my father about their long ago sojourn to that ancient isle of green.

Excerpt above taken from
Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons, by Tracey McBride; published by Bantam Books, NY, NY, 2000.