Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

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That being said, I think most people are like Who Me? and don't particularly care about the history of holidays - it's just an excuse for people to come together and celebrate.


Absolutely correct. About 10 people in my area are Catholic/recognize Saints, and none are local.


As to "looking Irish", you would think that by now people recognize that any nationality or ethnicity can look a variety of ways.
Originally Posted by Amneris
Of course they do. My moms dad could qualify as 'Black Irish' or a traveler. It's hard to trace his lineage due to an adoption.

Many of the local residents of my area came from a location in Ireland that had the highest % of red or blonde hair so that's fairly common among those with Irish heritage here.
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Originally Posted by claudine19
Loved it! I was terrible at it, but I loved it.
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i learned in this morning's newspaper that there will be a fis downtown tomorrow; i guess they want to take advantage of all the people who may still be in town for the skating exhibition (competition finishes tonight). while the term is mostly used for Irish dance competitions in North America, it actually refers to a Gaelic festival.

i might go and check out the music.

St. Patrick's Day was always family party time for us until my grandfather died 30 years ago. there was always dancing and singing and piles of food. my mom's cousin was such an amazing dancer that there's a competition held in his memory every year at the US championships (he married an American girl and lived in Texas; he died of cancer 18 years ago when he was only 43).

*sigh*
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"Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day". I'm not Irish at all, but that's never mattered to me or anyone else on St. Patrick's Day! I'll be at the parade on Sunday only because it's nearby, and I'll wear green to be festive, but that's all. Actually, I'll probably do a little day drinking, too.

I celebrate Easter (i.e. chocolate bunnies and lots of food) and I'm not Catholic, and I celebrate Valentine's day by wearing red/pink and going out to dinner with my sweetie or whatever, I don't see St. Patrick's day as very different. It's origins are pretty meaningless at this point, it's juts a silly excuse to celebrate something with friends and family, to bring people together.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
In Ireland, it's still a day of obligation (ie, expected to go to church).
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Well lucky it falls on a Sunday this year.
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Originally Posted by rouquinne
Eeee! How pretty It's emerald.

Thank you, Rou.
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When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

that's why they call it The Emerald Isle!



my mother took my sister and i to Ireland in May 1968 for a month.

when the plane banks in to approach Dublin airport, you can see the entire country from north to south, east to west. and it truly does look like an emerald shining in the blue waters of the Atlantic. so much so that i said:

oh mommy, your country is so green!

which led to gales of laughter from the passengers around us.

i still have vivid memories of my trip there even though it was so long ago. how i wish i could go back; especially this summer when they are having a "Gathering of the Clans".

*more sighs*
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I live within a block of 12 bars and it is hoppin around here tonight. I'm staying home to keep an eye on my property (college kids are the worst when it comes to vandalism) and the boyfriend and son are bringing a movie and treats.

We had a big snow storm this morning but the parade still went on. I watched it from my porch. I wore a pin all day that said "I'm a leprechaun".
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that's why they call it The Emerald Isle!



my mother took my sister and i to Ireland in May 1968 for a month.

when the plane banks in to approach Dublin airport, you can see the entire country from north to south, east to west. and it truly does look like an emerald shining in the blue waters of the Atlantic. so much so that i said:

oh mommy, your country is so green!

which led to gales of laughter from the passengers around us.

i still have vivid memories of my trip there even though it was so long ago. how i wish i could go back; especially this summer when they are having a "Gathering of the Clans".

*more sighs*
Originally Posted by rouquinne
That is, and has always been, my #1 travel destination. I want to go to Ireland, so bad. I have a friend in the UK who wants me to come visit him, and attend some music festivals, but he always argues with me when I say I'm going to Ireland too.

You don't want to go there.
Yes, I do.
All they do is fight.
So? Thats all they do here too.



**Do note we have been having that conversation since the 90's, when the fighting aspect was more relevant.
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I live within a block of 12 bars and it is hoppin around here tonight. I'm staying home to keep an eye on my property (college kids are the worst when it comes to vandalism) and the boyfriend and son are bringing a movie and treats.

We had a big snow storm this morning but the parade still went on. I watched it from my porch. I wore a pin all day that said "I'm a leprechaun".
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
I know that is the truth. I have been sending blue lights all over the county chasing college age kids. They like to frequent a bar here or come to house parties. They are one of the biggest pains in my butt.

Sorry to anyone in college, but it's true. I doubt there is a 6 pack left on the shelf in any store with in 60 miles of here, and it's all their fault. Lol. *Seriously, they come from one of the highest ranked party schools in the US.
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Last edited by Fifi.G; 03-16-2013 at 09:38 PM.
my dad just said "what's that day called where people used to pinch you, is that today?"

BYE. GOODBYE. EARTH.

^ haha. That's adorable.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Reading others posts and I have to disagree with some. Even if your not Irish or of Irish descent, what's wrong with wanting to celebrate and have fun? Even if you don't drink its fun to be festive and dress up or what have you. I celebrate but my moms side is all irish heritage.

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I am, "by blood" as my grandparents would say, am 50% Irish, 25% Scotch and 25% assorted European. We're Protestant so we celebrate the secular side of it by wearing green and eating potato cakes and soda bread. I don't drink beer or Bailey's or even whiskey and I never get drunk. I don't even like to get a buzz and I avoid bars like the plague. I'd rather stay home and have fun with my family and friends there. Of course with a 6 year old son whose favorite color is green, we start the day with green scrambled eggs:
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claudine, check out today's Google doodle. Irish dancing!!!
very cute!



my friend Andrew is a lifestyle blogger in Toronto and he is in Dublin today as a guest of the Irish Tourism Commission, live blogging the parade from Parnell Square at O'Connell Street.

*sigh*
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That must be great.^

I'm green with envy.

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All this is presuming, of course, that Patrick is a legitimate saint...which he isn't. No pope ever proclaimed him a saint. Scientists think there were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with, so Patrick couldn't have driven them out. More likely, Patrick was just pissed drunk and hallucinated the snakes.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
For the first 1,000 years or so of christianity, popes didn't canonize all the saints, it was a regional thing. He is a legit saint, he was made a saint when saints were canonized locally. Later on there was a purging of all the people that were called "saints" but didn't actually fit the criteria, he made the cut and is on the official list of saints.

And it's only a myth that he drove out the snakes and killed pagans. The saying of the snakes symbolically meant he converted a lot of people to christianity, which is why he is the patron saint of Ireland, his ancestry has nothing to do with it.
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I am willing to celebrate any and all holidays, especially when they are purely for fun.
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I am willing to celebrate any and all holidays, especially when they are purely for fun.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
I love Irish step dancing, I took lessons for a long time when I was younger, in my late teens/ early twenties, I used to go to The "Irish Balls" around here with my friends and step dance. There were like 6 or 7 of them a here, named for different counties in Ireland and hosted by the association of those counties usually people from those counties or people whose parents/families came from there.
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