3/17/2010

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig












"Welcome to St-Patricks-Day.com for 2010!Dedicated to the Irish & Irish at Heart all around the World. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Irish and Irish at Heart in big cities and small towns alike with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Its a time for fun. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green! See all the Parades & Events going on around the World to celebrate St Patricks Day 2010 http://www.st-patricks-day.com/

Well now St. Patrick's Day wouldn't exist if not for the man himself! But how much do we know about him? Did you know that he spent six years of slavery in Ireland until he escaped and undertook religious training abroad? Read more about this great man!
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig is the Gaelic way of expressing a wish that you have all the blessings of St Patrick's Day and the "luck of the Irish" to go with it. There are many humorous explanations for this expression. One comes from the legend of the 'Little People' of the land, know as leprechauns. Finding or catching a leprechaun (who would then give you gold) was a lucky event that could only take place in Ireland ! The Irish are descendants of great Celtic and Viking fighters and invaders. Their natural fighting skills often ensured survival & hence they became known as the 'lucky' people .a classic case of making your own luck ! But then "The Luck of the Irish" may all be legend.Saint Patricks Day Parades Worldwide, Irish Pubs all around the globe, Fun Runs, Irish Associations, Irish Music Festivals, Irish Names, Irish Dancing Schools,Irish Music Irish Roots, Irish Festivals,Scottish Highland Games USA & Canada, as well as, Scottish Pipes & Drum Bands.St Patricks Day is for thinking about our Saint as well as a time to think of loved ones across the water.So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins".
May be some of the readers of this blog have attended some time St. Patrick's celebration and is eager to tell us!! You are all welcome, take a virtual"green pen" and start telling us. Happy St. Patrick's! Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!!

And some practice for your ears: do not miss these great videos on St. Patrick's Day: history, traditions, parades...

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10 comments:

  1. Patricia Conde3/17/10, 7:15 PM

    HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY EVERYBODY...
    as today is my saint's day... I "virtually" invite you all to a pint of cold beer...

    Nice Post and links Lucía.
    I knew already the history of St Patrick (patron saint of ireland) but it's interesting to surf new websites and get to know a little more.

    Raise your mugs and say Cheers
    Here you go and Irish toast
    MAY YOU LIVE ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE

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  2. Paloma Blanco3/17/10, 10:50 PM

    I like very much this day because it is my birthday, so I feel a bit Irish!!! And besides, Ireland is a fantastic country with a very nice people. I remember to have been in St Patrick Cathedral in Dublin and curiously it is said that thanks to him there are no snakes in the whole island something I like very much. Cheers and congratulations to all patric@s

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  3. Thank you very much Lucía, Paloma and Patricia por your contributions! If you want to know more about this festivity and learn some vocabulary at the same time, please visitir Isabel Perez's website!

    http://www.isabelperez.com/stPatricks.htm

    Kind regards,

    María Jordano

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  4. Thank you Patricia, and Happy Birthday to you Paloma!!

    I confess that I never really have attended Saint Patrick's celebrations but somehow I always felt like... I remember the atmosphere I could perceive (or rather hear!) in the Irish pub which was almost next to my former working place in Brussels... It was incredible ;-) I guess that what prevented me to get in was the fact that is was extremely packed, but I think I should have made the step to do it and as Patricia say, get a pint of beer and say "cheers"...

    Thanks for the link María! Quite interesting info, indeed.

    Greetings!

    Gi

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  5. Hello everyone and I hope that you, Paloma, have enjoyed your day.

    My closest experience of Sanit Patrick was back in primary school. I used to attend a bilingual school and we had a lot of cultural activities related to the USA and Canada. Therefore my memories and experiences are more realted to Boston and the Green River.

    I have the American side of the story, but the party is as good as anywhere. Irish community in Boston is pretty big and active. So Paloma as a suggestion you can also go to Boston and celebrate there your B-day.

    Cheers to everyone nand Giselle we can have that pint any time.

    Cheers,

    Warenka

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  6. Congratulations Patricia and Paloma and thank you for the link María it is really very useful.

    cheers,
    Cristina González angós

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  7. I have seen the videos about St. Patrick's day, and find them very interesting, because they answer all questions related with it, (although the one of the shamrock is damaged) I didn't know anything about it before, and has been a kind surprise.
    Now I really feel like to go to ireland!
    Lucía Sanz

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  8. I'm glad you have enjoyed this post and the videos. Try to listen to them more than once, different times, to get your ear used to different accents.

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  9. I haven´t watched the videos because I´ve been hearing that accent every single day for a long time now. I agree with Lucía in "....more than once"
    I can´t believe I miss this post and I hope I will soon write something about ST Patrick´s day or Ireland.
    MªE.Novoa

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  10. Well, do it Mª E.!!! We'd love to read your comments!

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