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St. Patrick's Day, Irish blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – the story behind the holiday

St. Patrick's Day, Irish blessing

An Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day and everyday

St. Patrick’s Day – celebrated only in America? Well, maybe not, but apparently we’re responsible for promoting the wearing of the green and an excuse for imbibing alcohol. According to the International Business Times, St. Patrick’s Day used to be  a minor holiday in Ireland. “St. Patrick’s Day was basically invented in America by Irish-Americans,” classics professor Philip Freeman of Luther College in Iowa told National Geographic.

Here’s how things got going in the United States: “On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. As Irish patriotism grew among American immigrants, the annual holiday began to grow in popularity with different “Irish Aid” societies holding annual parades.” You know the rest of the story.

Back in Ireland, the Irish government marde March 17 a national holiday in 1995 as a draw for tourism. I guess it worked – now, approximately 1 million people attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin every year.

The Irish, similar to the Jewish people, seem to have blessings suitable for every day and every occasion. Here is one I like a lot. Do you have a favorite Irish blessing? Please share!

The color scheme of your dreams for your wedding – would it have anything to do with the wearing of the green?

The Pantone color of the year is emerald, as we all know, and what better day to talk about it than on St. Patrick’s Day?

Badge of the Order of St. Patrick's

Badge of the Order of St. Patrick’s

It is interesting to note that the color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue – there actually is a shade of blue known as St. Patrick’s Blue. The Order of St. Patrick was established in 1783 as the senior order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Ireland. The color associated with the honor needed to differentiate it from the Order of the Garter (dark blue) and the Order of the Thistle (green). So they went with blue.

For a number of reasons, the color that became associated with St. Patrick’s Day evolved to green  – the use of the green shamrock that St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people, the growing number of references to Ireland as the Emerald Isle, and the green uniforms worn by solidiers on March 17, 1798 to draw attention during the Irish rebellion. Even the term “wearing of the green” became popular in 1798 as part of a popular folk song associated with the rebellion.

Invitations in shades of green - love the white calligraphy!

Invitations in shades of green – love the white calligraphy!

So back to emerald – really, to green in all of its many variations. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate green into your wedding color scheme, you have a lot of options. For your convenience, I have created a Pinterest board for Emerald weddings, were you can find ideas related to everything from invitations to flowers to bridesmaid’s dresses to shoes and cake. And cake pops. And jackets, bow ties, and boutinnieres for the groom.

Are you adding green to your color scheme? Were you influenced by Emerald being named the color of the year?