Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Irish Coffee
All over the world everybody sees green, perhaps in the shape of a shamrock, Leprechauns and people celebrating today.
There will be parades, parties and busy pubs – some dye their beer green with food coloring and Chicago even colors the whole river green.
Saint Patrick is known as a missionary who converted the Irish to Christianity. He found his way to God when he was just a child and got kidnapped.
The shamrock, a three-leafed clover, is a symbol for St. Patrick’s Day as it is told, that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity. Another Irish custom is called “drowning the shamrock” where the three-leafed clover gets covered with cider, whiskey or beer. After drinking the beverage, the shamrock either gets eaten or thrown over the shoulder for good luck.
As many Americans have Irish roots there are also many Irish traditions that developed over time. For instance, big parades on St. Patrick’s Day first occurred in the US and are still more of an American habit.
Traditionally, and no matter which country you live in, you can spend the day eating cabbage with corned beef and drinking Irish coffee. Cheers!