Things you should know about St. Patrick’s Day
1. Festivities at this time of year were common before the arrival of St. Patrick. Around
March 20th is equinox. Day and night are of equal length and there is balance in the world.
2. St. Patrick came from Wales and the patron saint of Wales, St. David, came from Ireland.
3. Irish people do not call it St. Patty’s Day. That drives them crazy.
It’s Paddy’s Day, St. Paddy’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day.
4. Irish people do not say Top of the Morning to Ya or any variation of that.
5. The native language of Ireland is Irish (in English) & Gaeilge (in Irish) It ssounds like gu-ale-gu
6. You can try to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Irish.
Lá ‘le Pádraig Sona duit. It sounds like Law le Pawrig suna dit
7. Many words in English come from Irish: spree, smithereens, banshee, keening, whiskey…
8. People in Ireland generally do not eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day.
That is an American-Irish tradition.
9. The symbol of Ireland is a shamrock. We do not consider it nor call it clover. It is much smaller than clover and supposedly only grows in Ireland.
10. There are parades held all over the world including in Hong Kong and Japan. Places go green on St. Patrick’s Day including the river in Chicago, the Sydney Opera House, the Tower of Pisa, the Moulin Rouge, the Las Vegas sign, the statue above Sao Paulo, the Sphinx, the Great Wall of China… Thank You, World!
Lá ‘le Pádraig Sona duit
Question: Where did the Irish name of Ireland, Éire, come from?