Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 11:10:11 AM EST
It's March 17th and the day when the Irish traditionally get dressed in their best green outfits, wear bunches of shamrock on their lapels, head off to the local St. Patrick's Day parade and watch the best in tractors drag floats complete with Irish dancers down the main street of the town or city, come home and have a big dinner of bacon, cabbage and spuds followed possibly by green (lime) jelly and green (mint) ice-cream or green dyed cakes. That was then...
From the diaries...Happy St. Patty's Day...I just hoisted one in celebration! ~ whataboutbob
And go see Nosemonkey's appeal to your common sense and charity on this occasion.
Now? Well, the green is mostly worn by the tourists who come to Ireland for the St Patrick's week long festival. The main streets in Dublin are covered in green buntings and flags and burger chains sell green coloured milk shakes. I was in the city centre last night and there were more tourists on Grafton Street than natives. I was almost a novelty!
When I was much younger the day started with a full irish breakfast (rashers, sausages, fried eggs, fried bread, etc). Then Dad would head out to the garden to hunt for clumps of shamrock which only seemed to appear on the morning on 17th March. The shamrock would be put in a bowl of water to keep it fresh and then just before we headed out to the local church for mass we'd have a small bunch of shamrock pinned to our coats. After mass in our house we'd watch the parade on TV in the morning and then have dinner at lunchtime - the description above of bacon and cabbage and anything green that could be eaten was the norm on St. Patricks day in our house.
Today, Colman is in bed with a cold so I'll be cooking since the best suggestion he can come up with is lettuce sandwiches! Admittedly green...just not very appetising.
Are there St. Patricks Day festivities where you are? Slainte!!