The luck of the Irish
When we think of St. Patrick’s Day traditions, we think of leprechauns’ pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, pints of Guinness, bagpipers marching, and symbols like four-leaf clovers. But how did these traditions begin, and will they really bring you good luck? Originally a religious feast honoring the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has turned into a day to celebrate all things Irish. Surprisingly, the way the holiday is celebrated in Ireland looks a little different, as some of the customs we associate with it are actually Irish American traditions. But either way, we can hope a little luck of the Irish rubs off on us when we partake in them.
To celebrate the Ireland that actually exists on St. Patrick’s Day—not just the fantasy created around the holiday—take the opportunity to learn about more real Irish traditions. Sing an Irish ballad, listen to traditional Irish folk music, take an Irish dance class, read Irish poetry, or even try speaking a bit of the Irish language. In doing so, you’ll become lucky not for some magical reason, but because you will be blessed to have experienced the rich culture of this fascinating country. You can end the day by cozying up with your favorite Irish movies, ones that celebrate true Irish traditions as well.
By Tina Donvito for RD©
Source: 12 St. Patrick’s Day Traditions That Will Bring You Luck on March 17 (rd.com)