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What is Saint Patrick's Day?

Updated on March 15, 2015
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Carol graduated from Indian Hills C.C. with an AAS in H.I.T and an AA in Arts & Science. A Social Media Booster for Wine Diamonds Film.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Georgetown, Iowa

My mom fed her mind with her heritage. Over the years, she and my father researched both sides of our "family tree." Every year during Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, she and my dad would drive to Georgetown, in Monroe County, to attend the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. This church was built in the 1860s. The one before this one was a church made out of logs.

One year, during the towns March 17 festivity, I decided to take my young daughter and ride along with her grandparents to find out for myself why they were so passionate about going to this Catholic Church only during this season. I was amazed when we walked in the small church made from sandstone, filled with loads of history and people with enormous hearts. After mass we sat around enjoying a pot-luck lunch and visiting with people from all over. I met some of my mom's cousins. The atmosphere seemed to be like family reunions I had attended over the years.

A person can find gifts geared toward this holiday and if you're Irish, you might be lucky enough to run into one of your ancestors, especially if their last name happens to be Coady and spelled as such.

Georgetown, Iowa

Saint Patrick's Catholic Church:
U.S. 34, USA

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The original church was a log church. Now St. Patrick's Church is made out of sandstone.

Double Rainbow

Pot of Gold?
Pot of Gold? | Source

What Makes a Double Rainbow?

A double rainbow happens when the light reflects twice inside water drops. The second rainbow colors are in reverse. Instead of going from red to violet, the second rainbow goes from blue to red. Notice the second rainbow in this picture is on the outside of the first.

While traveling in Montana, after a week of fly-fishing, I discovered this double rainbow. The rainbow was humungous. I had to take three pictures to get the completeness. One snapshot of the left, one of the arc and one of the right side. This was my first sighting and I was flabbergasted. Once back in Iowa, I discovered others had seen double rainbows even triple. I look forward to witnessing a triple rainbow. I wonder what the record is for the amount of rainbows a person has seen in one location. I guess I will need to spend some time on the internet and investigate the top score.

Table of Contents

Pot of Gold
Georgetown, Iowa
Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
Has been known to have Irish Souvenir
Double Rain Bows
Second rainbow colors are in reverse from the first.
Red Ribon Bakery
Lisa's Grandam's Coconut Key Lime Cake & St. Patrick's Cupcakes
YouTube Video
Ideas on decorating nails for the holiday.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! May the luck of the Irish smile on you.

This was on the menu last year. Wait until you taste this year's.

Red Ribbon Bakery is located on the square in Knoxville, Iowa.
Red Ribbon Bakery is located on the square in Knoxville, Iowa. | Source

Red Ribbon Bakery

A message from Lisa Marshall in 2014, "We will be serving a Coconut Key Lime Cake and St. Patty's Cupcakes."

I haven't had a chance to try these but I have heard constant raves over her Coconut Key Lime Cake. I'm sorry, she is a professional and not willing to share her Grandmother's recipes but she certainly will share the flavor. If you're in the area, this pleasant establishment is located at 112 South 2nd, on the square in Knoxville, Iowa.

On the menu for 2015: Corned beef and cabbage special with roasted carrots and potatoes. They are also featuring a pistachio cupcake with a pistachio butter cream icing.

The Celebration of Saint Patrick's Day

Are you Irish and do you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? If yes, what do you like best about the celebration?

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Irish Food and Other Traditions

One of the traditional Irish foods is corned beef and cabbage. I love corned beef but growing up, cabbage was one of those foods that made me gag at the dinner table and forced me to rhythm eat. (Swallow one bite of cabbage gulp a half glass of milk, swallow one bite and gulp the rest of my milk, up for more milk and back for more until my plate was empty.) Unless of course my little brother, who happened to be a walking garbage disposal, saved the day for me. Sorry folks, but to this day, when I walk into a room where cabbage is being cooked, I'm reminded of dirty socks or a sewage smell or paper mill.

The Irish religions, legends and history live on through songs, poems and stories.

1. The patron saint of Ireland is known as St. Patrick. He is known for ridding snakes from Ireland even though they didn't have snakes. This is a metaphor on how he abolished evil and brought Christianity to Ireland. He used the shamrock to explain the Holly Trendy.

2. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th because this is the date St. Patrick died.

2. Pot of Gold is a myth about a pot of gold that is guarded by a Leprechaun.

3. Four leaf clovers, the legend has it that four leaf clovers bring you luck.

4. Wearing green came from the American culture; beware if you're not wearing green on Saint Patty's day, you may get pinched.

5. The Ireland flag colors are green, white and orange.

Three of my favorite Ireland folk songs:

1. Danny Boy

2. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

3. Cockles & Mussels / Molly Malone

Not in Ireland

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Montana Rainbow
Montana Rainbow
Montana Rainbow | Source

How to Decorate Nails for St. Patty's Day

A Rainbow

When the sun's rays shine through water droplets we see a rainbow because the white light is refracted or split into its component colors. Notice in the picture above, we have the colors from red to violet with red starting the colors out on top of the arch.

Need Ideas?

Check out sites on YouTube, pinterest or other search engines on the internet for great ideas on decorating your fingernails and toenails, making crafts and/or party ideas.

See what your luck has to say.

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    • Carol Reed profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol Clarke Reed 

      4 years ago from Remote

      Thank you for your comment. I think tradition depends on the family. Irish stew with lamb or mutton would be considered a traditional Irish meal. I have had to eat plenty of stew growing up but I don't ever recall having lamb or mutton but I don't live in Ireland either. Mutton is a mature sheep. My parents and two siblings took a trip to the beautiful country and visited some ancestors in 1981. One year I hope to visit the wonderful landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, the Blarney Castle and maybe even kiss the Blarney Stone.

      The nail designs looked pretty easy and I was surprised to see so many videos on this subject on YouTube. I plan to get in the spirit and decorate my nails for St. Patrick's Day.

      Thank you again, cecileportilla.

    • cecileportilla profile image

      Cecile Portilla 

      4 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Hi Carol Reed

      Interesting to learn that corned beef and cabbage is an Irish tradition! I make corned beef and cabbage all the time. My husband loves it! My daughter may find that nail art video useful. She enjoys playing with nail art designs and is very creative.


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