All About St. Patrick's Day by: Alicia Robinson

What is St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Why Green?

St. Patrick's revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn't wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.

St. Patty's Day Recipes !

Have you ever wondered what Irish people eat in their daily lives? Wonder no more! Below you will find some very tasty recipes you can make at home for yourself.

Click on the buttons for recipe links. Enjoy!

Irish Themed Movies

These are just a few movies that are related to Ireland and or were film there!

The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve reunite with their childhood friend, the ice-cool Nan Mahon, the 'college belle'. They also encounter the handsome and charming Jack Foley, whom Benny quickly falls for.
This magical tall tale from Disney is full of blarney, but it's also pretty, cleverly made. Albert Sharpe is a poor aging Irishman who stumbles into good luck when he meets the king of the leprechauns and tries to con him out of his gold.
A teenager must battle for a gold charm to keep his family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun.

Ireland's Distant cousin Scotland

The two accents are often confused for one another,read below to find out why. Due to the geographic proximity of Scotland and Ireland, and thanks to a string of over-laps and run-ins over the course of the past hundreds of years, the Scots and the Irish do exhibit many cultural similarities.

For instance, both the Scots and Irish come from a Celtic background, heavily influenced by English culture. That said, according to the BBC, the English more heavily influenced the Scottish than the Irish. This may be in part due to the fact that the Union of the Crowns in 1603 unified Scotland and England under a single monarch, James VI, King of the Scots. James was Elizabeth I’s successor, and notably, he inherited her conflicts in Ireland. In 1609, James relocated English and Scottish Protestants to Ulster, a northern province in Ireland. The idea was to bring peace to the Anglo-Scottish border, among other reasons.

Going back even further, the seafaring Norwegian Vikings, who settled in Western Scotland, seemed to have no qualms with intermarriage, and were particularly influential among both the Scots and those living in Northern and Western Ireland, who absorbed the powerful (and perhaps overbearing) Viking culture.

In addition, in 1066, Norman William the Conqueror claimed the entirety of Great Britain, which as you may imagine, significantly affected the relations among the Norman-Scots, Norman-Irish, and Scots-Irish, etc. Lowland Scots and the Northern Irish also shared a language, a Germanic dialect of the Angles that dates as far back as the 1300's due to the heavy Scot and Scots-Norman presence in Northern Ireland.

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Created with images by Bluebells 2008 - "Happy St Patrick's Day" • srqpix - "Leprechaun"

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