Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, our famous “green” day is just around the corner. Get out those green cloths and have some shamrocks handy so you won’t get pinched! Even if you are not Irish, it is a good excuse to have some fun and party. Why not go to Old Sacramento, and check out the 13th Annual Saint Patrick’s parade. They will have Irish food and music, just the thing to get you into the Irish spirit! And talking about spirits, some may fancy some green Irish beer at a local pub. Sláinte! Or, you can enjoy your spirits at home with some good ol’ fashioned Irish movies. Darby O'Gill and the Little People made in 1959 featuring Sean Connery, has some characters and images we often associate with Saint Patrick’s Day: banshees, leprechauns, pots of gold… Another movie is The Quiet Man starring John Wayne as a retired boxer who moves to Ireland and falls for the Irish lass Maureen O’Hara. If you are more into reading, try an interesting book about Irish history: How the Irish saved civilization: the untold story of Ireland's heroic role from the fall of Rome to the rise of medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill. And most importantly, we must not forget to remember and honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. For without him, there would be no Saint Patrick’s Day.

May you always have

Walls for the winds,

A roof for the rain,

Tea beside the fire,

Laughter to cheer you,

Those you love near you,

And all your heart might desire!

— Irish Proverb

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