Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St Patricks day 2010

Happy St Paddys day, or if you want to try a bit of Irish Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig (Ban-ock-tea na fail-ah pod-rig) and when toasting Sláinte (Slawn-chah) or to your health.
This week all the world becomes Irish for a day from Argentina to New  Zealand there will be parades to celebrate the day and in Irish Bars all over  people of every race will drink green beer.
Here are a few fun facts and trivia, St Patrick was not in fact Irish he was Welsh, Irish people do not neccesarily wear Green on St Paddys day (we don't need to prove we are Irish, we are Irish every day of the year :p), but its traditional to wear Shamrock on your jacket. In Ireland its not a one day celebration its a week long festival. The first annual parade outside of Ireland was in Boston where 24% claim Irish ancestry, but the biggest parade is in New York with over 150,000 taking part.
While beer all over the world is dyed Green, Chicago dyes its river green and Savannah Georgia dyes all its fountains green, but the first colour associated with Patrick was Blue! Nearly 40 million Americans claim Irish ancestry making nine times the actual population of Ireland, second only to those of German ancestry! Probably for this reason president Obama claims Irish ancestry, along with former presidents James Buchanan, Bill Clinton, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy, William McKinley, Richard Nixon, James K. Polk, Ronald Reagan, Woodrow Wilson.
Here is an advert from Guinness an oldie but a goodie

4 comments:

The Ex Farmer's Wife said...

Loved the ad (clip)! Sent it to my Irish friends here and other beer drinkers. We went to a local Irish pub.So noisy, unbearable for us oldies. Green wigs, necklaces and shirts anyway.When we fled from the heaving pub (there are 3 on the same street- you could think you were in an Irish town...}a stretched limo pulled up and spewed out more revelers....

Paz said...

Glad you liked the clip and great to hear that you flew the green flags. As for being too old, the hotel I was in for Paddy's day was filled with pensioners having a big celebration for the few days, it's embarrassing to admit that they went to bed after us and were up for breakfast before us each day, goes to show your only as old as you feel

Leisha Camden said...

That's really interesting about St Patrick. Did you ever hear of the author Parke Godwin? He wrote a historical fantasy novel about St Patrick that's really good.

Paz said...

Us Irish are an illiterate bunch with sunlight in the winter and don't spend as much time reading as you Scandinavians :P