Firstly, happy St.Patrick's day to all of my Irish followers, followers of Irish decent and followers who just love a good shindig. Today has become less about the commemoration of the life of our patron saint Patrick and more about the celebration of the Irish people and the things that make us truly Irish.
Growing up on the Emerald Isle, specific days of observance can have a bit of a Déjà vu feel to them. Some say tradition, but whatever, I say groundhog day. In this way my St.Patrick's Days Past have had a procedural feel to them. Here's a little insight, maybe you can relate if you too have celebrated this day historically.
1) Wearing green
Even if it's not your colour you have to wear green. If you didn't have green clothing you would be forced to wear fresh shamrock. Your appreciation of this goes 360. As a child you love it, as a teenager you hate it and as an adult you just love it again. It's just like most things, naps, your parents, school....
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2) Running late
So I don't know if running late is a distinctively Irish trait or if it's more of an O'Donnell specific characteristic. That "Sure-We'll-Be-Grand" approach, a real can-do attitude as in can do with hurrying up a bit. Going to see the parade always meant going to see the second half of the parade. But while you are waiting for the rest of your family to be ready you can watch the bigger and better parade from the capital on TV.
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3) Praying for sunshine
It's one of those days that you leave the Child Of Prague out in the hope of a bit of sunshine. Sure don't we always say Ireland would be a beautiful country if only you could see it without the rain. If by some fluke it isn't raining you will definitely get in to see the second half of that parade. More often than not it will consist of a few farm animals and a Ford truck of some sort with an advert for "PJ's Motorpark" on the back. St.Patrick would be elected now if he saw this dedication to the commemoration of the day of his death.
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Let me be honest here, there is no denying the fact that alcohol plays its part in Irish culture. Immersing ourselves in this culture is something of a forte of the Irish people. As a child it meant playing pool and/or darts at the local pub while being supplied copious amounts of Fanta Orange and King Crisps (this may be a regional thing, please let me know if it is).
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As an adult it means a few Guinness in town. Even if you don't drink Guinness ever you're just especially proud today.
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This really is a global celebration, not solely celebrated in Ireland. It's a day that unifies, that brings together those with shamrock shaped hearts for 24 hours and lets them enjoy their green connections.
I hope you all enjoyed it and I will leave you with this Gaelic proverb:
"An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas"
which means in English :
"May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live"
Thanks for reading.