While St. Patty’s Day isn’t very big here in Singapore, I’ve made it a point to dress in green on March 17 since my second year in university (if and when I remember the day it is) and enjoy the day merry-making with sporting pals.
This year, I’m in two minds about making or baking something green (Should I make something sweet? Something savory? Decisions, decisions, decisions…) and it’s almost as if the team at Martha Stewart Living read my mind – I hope this motivates you enough to do something in celebration of the Irish culture and with the colour green too, or just because! (You don’t really need a reason to celebrate with the Irish people and those who do celebrate this wondrous festival!) Most importantly, you just get out there and have fun. : )
An interesting bit of trivia
When I think of Irish things, a few things spring to mind in various combinations (sometimes on their own and other times combined) — the shamrock, the color green, leprechauns, a pot of gold and a rainbow… or were those brought to mind by the Lucky Charms ads? Well, moving on…
So it seems the simple shamrock symbol — formed by 3 heart-shaped leaves and an arc for a stem — is more than meets the eye.
According to Irish lore, Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to others: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – what a simple and amazing analogy! (source)
Wherever you’re at, if you’re doing something for St Patrick’s this year, let me know what you’re getting up to!