Friday, March 16, 2012

It's almost St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th.
The holiday is also widely celebrated as a secular celebration of Irish culture. Cities around the world hold parades and festivals to mark the occasion, with many people participating in the "wearing of the green." Popularized by Irish immigrant communities, festivities usually include traditional Irish food and drink such as corned beef and Guinness beer.
The shamrock’s association with St. Patrick's Day comes from the popular myth that says St. Patrick used the three leaves of the plant to explain Catholicism's holy trinity to the Irish.
St. Patrick is the figure most prominently associated with bringing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church of Ireland as a solemnity and holy day of obligation.

A few items from our collection:

St. Patrick of Ireland by Philip Freeman is a good place to start if you are interested in learning about his life. 

Favorite Food at Home: delicious comfort food from Ireland’s most famous chef by Rachel Allen.  Create your own traditional Irish meal (corn beef and cabbage, Irish stew and Irish soda bread).

The Irish Tenors  has a good version of “Danny Boy” if you want to bring a tear to your eyes.
Have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day; watch out for the leprechauns!