Erin Go Bragh - Saint Patrick's Day
When: March 17th.
Saint Patrick's day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs.
Are you Irish perchance!?! Well, the saying goes everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patricks's Day.
Roots of Tradition: Saint Patrick's day is held in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought christianity to the Irish people in the 400's AD.
Erin Go Braugh is perhaps the most common Irish term you will hear. It means "Ireland Forever"
Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the populaton of Ireland!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the rain fall softly upon your fields. And the sun shine warm upon your face.
Top of the mornin' to you.....(and the rest of the day to 'me self!)
May there always be work for you to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
This Author's favorite:
May the wind at your back not be from the cabbage and corned beef that you eat today!
Everyone's at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. (how true, how true).
This Day in History March 17
British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city. (1776)
George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence". (1780)
The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King. (1805)
The rubber band was invented. Can you imagine life without them!?! (1845)
In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (1941)
The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland. (1942)
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "Californium". (1950)
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion (1960)
Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb. (1966)
Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel. (1969)
A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%. (1992)