Green Beer, Leprechauns and the Luck of the Irish
It's that time of year again for all things green. St. Patrick's Day is often referred to as, "A great day for the Irish" but the entire world has decided to get in on the fun. For the past few years, it seems that retail stores are putting out St. Patrick’s day merchandise earlier than the year before. As soon as Valentine's Day is over, everything begins going green. In pubs, bars, and even some homes, Green beer will be the order of the day. If you are unable to get to an establishment where this drink is on the menu, you can make your own brew quite easily. Right in the comfort of your own abode, you will need only three ingredients: A large mug or beer stein, food coloring and the light beer of your choice. If you cannot find green food coloring you can mix yellow and blue, just be sure to combine them before you begin so you will know you have the right hue. Put 3-5 drops of the coloring in your mug first, then pour the beer. Light beer works best because it makes the color more vibrant. Adding the food coloring first ensures that you don't get an ugly off color that you may not desire to drink. Get the children in on the fun by serving them green fruit punch or add a drop of food coloring to gingerale or other light soft drinks.
The Luck of the Irish
On Saint Patrick's Day, you may hear people talk about the luck of the Irish and believe that those who hail from Ireland have some type of good fortune that others never experience. You may be surprised, however, to find that this statement does not indicate what appears obvious. Edward T Odonnell is the author of "1,001 Things You Need To Know About Irish American History", and he says that the slogan is not even of Irish origin. Odonnell, a history professor at Holy Cross College says the phrase came from the gold and silver rush in the late 19th century when the most successful miners had come from Ior whose ancestors descended from Ireland. This fact, however, will not deter those who choose to celebrate March 17 and declare it "A Great Day for the Irish."
Leprechauns Among Us
Leprechauns have been a part of folklore, myths, legends and fairy tales for hundreds of years. There were two really popular movies about them in the 1960s; "The Gnome-Mobile" and "Darby O'Gill And The Little People." In both, the mythical creatures were living peacefully in the woods, until someone happened to notice them. The most famous leprechaun in America happens to be the cartoon character Lucky, who graces boxes of Lucky Charms cereal, For many decades this lovable little fellow has been telling children and adults that his product that is filled with hearts and clovers is magically delicious. In some cultures, the little people are referred to as elves or gnomes, but in almost every case they are pretty mischievous. There is also the popular myth of the leprechaun who is waiting with the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. These small folk gets quite a lot of notice on St. Patrick's Day when it is their time to shine.
Enjoy the day of the patron saint
Some Christians who are fasting during the 40 days,(excluding Sundays) for Lent will take a break on March 17 to enjoy the festivities of St. Patrick' Day. There are people who will overindulge in food and drink on the holiday and others who will use moderation. There will be parades, parties and all manner of activities to honor the man who is considered the patron saint of Ireland. A lot of people will dress in green and sometimes those who don't will be pinched. Cookies, cakes, and other food will be dyed green for the occasion.
There are many myths and rumors about St. Patrick but what is known to be fact is that he was born in England and ended up in Ireland because he was kidnapped. He later escaped when he heard the voice of God tell him to leave. He later returned when God told him to share the gospel with those living in Ireland.St. Patrick was responsible for a number of people believing the gospel of Christ and he is one of the most well-known missionaries of all time.
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© 2019 Cheryl E Preston