Thursday, March 11, 2010



The Roman Catholic holiday celebrating St. Patrick’s Day March 17th was & still is intended as a day of celebrating spiritual renewal & a day of prayer for missionaries the world over. St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland known for converting many Pagans to Christianity. St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday in Ireland & the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, which was founded by Irish refugees. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland & a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland. That is common knowledge. Updated interesting facts & trivia about St. Patrick's Day below...


1 ~ St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland was not born in Ireland, by all accounts he was born in Britain around 385 AD & died March 17, 461 AD. His parents Calpurnius & Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales, according to different versions of his story. St. Patrick is buried in Glastonbury where the Chapel of St. Patrick still stands.

2 ~ Although St. Patrick was known for having converted many Celtic Druids & Pagans to Christianity, he considered himself a Pagan until he was 16. He was taken captive by a roving band of Irish raiders & forced to work as a shepherd. Although his father was a deacon & his grandfather had been a priest the future saint was not a child of faith when he was taken captive. Sleeping outside with the animals he cared for his captivity brought forth a spiritual reawakening in him. Amidst Ireland's beautiful forests & mountains he turned to God for support & solace. Once he returned home he became a devout Christian missionary.

3 ~ The Shamrock a green three-leaf clover came to symbolize Ireland & became popular after the story that Saint Patrick used the Shamrock to teach the people of Ireland about the Trinity. While Shamrock Green is the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day, his chosen color was actually blue. Green was even considered an unlucky color in Ireland until the 19th century. Most images of St. Patrick dating before the 20th century show him donning blue garments. Today wearing green, eating green food & even drinking green beer is said to commemorate St. Patrick's use of the Shamrock.

4 ~ Miracles & Legends surround St. Patrick’s having driven snakes out of Ireland, but evidence suggests post glacial Ireland never had any snakes in the first place. It is believed that the snakes were simply a metaphor relating to the Pagans that he helped convert.


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6 ~ St. Patrick’s given name was Maewyn Succat. St. Patrick's name was changed to Patricius meaning "Father Of The Citizens".

7 ~ St. Patrick was said to have proclaimed that everyone should have a drop of the "Hard Stuff" on his feast day after chastising an innkeeper who served a short measure of whiskey. In the custom known as "Drowning The Shamrock", the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening. Although a widely celebrated drinking holiday in the United States this was not the case in Ireland. In fact the pubs in Ireland were ordered closed in remembrance of St. Patrick’s Day until the 1970s.

8 ~ The traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal was Irish bacon & potatoes. Corned beef & cabbage was substituted as it was less expensive.

9 ~ The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the British military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. In 1780, General George Washington, who commanded soldiers of Irish descent in the Continental Army allowed his troops a holiday on March 17th “As an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence". Today, Dublin Ireland has a parade that attracts hundreds of thousands of people, while in Chicago the river is dyed green for a few hours. The biggest parade is normally held in New York, while the largest celebration in the southern hemisphere is in Sydney Australia.


St. Gertrude was the Patron Saint of Cats, Gardeners & Herbalists. Fine weather on her feast day means it's time for planting. St. Gertrude was also patron of those seeking lodging because her monastery was known for its hospitality to travelers & pilgrims, especially the Irish missionaries. My Birthday is always a fabulous & fun holiday for us (including all our fur babies too)!


My beautiful 22 1/2" x 14 1/2" St. Gertrude Of Nivelles Painting is by my friend & talented artist Just Click:
Carolee Clark ~ King Of Mice Studios


Have fun & share your knowledge about these top ten facts & trivia about March 17th ~ St. Patrick’s Day & St. Gertrude's Day over your pints of Guinness or Green Beer.

USA Tradition Trivia is that the pinching started in the early 1700s about the time that awareness of St. Patrick's as a holiday came to the fore in the Boston Massachusetts colony. If you wore green it made you invisible to the Leprechauns else they were out to pinch anyone they could see. So the pinching was to warn you about the Leprechauns...

Have a beautiful holiday because Saint Patrick's Day is an enchanted time. A day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.

Go Mbeannaí Dia Duit ~ Sláinte agus Táinte!
May God Bless You ~ Health & Wealth!
Lyndy Ward

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Kerry and Kitty Luv said...

***H A P P Y***B I R T H D A Y***L Y N D Y***
I'm so glad I got to be the first to wish you a wonderful Birthday, St. Patrick's Day & St. Gertrude's Day!

Super information on St. Patrick & St. Gertrude. Beautiful blog, post & pics. Love all the kitties & music too.

Bail ó Dhia ort (Gaelic)
The blessing of God on you,
Kerry and Kitty Luv

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Kerry & Kitty Luv, thank you for the lovely holiday & birthday wishes.

Your comments made my day!

GAELIC ~ Céad Míle Beannachta
One Hundred Thousand Blessings,

Designs By CK said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday & St. Paddies early lady!!!

FUN & informative post 2!!!

May your day (17th) be as special as you are!


CK (-:

LYNDY WARD said...

Saint Patrick's Day Greetings Chris,

Thank you for sharing your sweet comments & love.

You're a doll & you made my birthday extra special!

Can't wait to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Saint Gertrude's Day & my birthday on March 17th. Our weekend will be filled with love & laughter, tasty Irish foods & sparkling green Moët & Chandon Champagne.

GAELIC ~ Sláinte!
To Your Health!
XOXOs, Lyndy

Hermine said...

Wishing you a great St patrick's day but even more a very happy and great birthday Lyndy!!!!!

Johanna Parker said...

Wow Lyndy! There is so much here I did not know about this festive holiday! Thanks for the educational tour through history. I must admit, I was not aware of
St. Gertrude either - and how perfect with her connection to cats. (what a lovely painting by Carolee!)

Well, here's wishing you a wonderful birthday next week! You will be in my thoughts :)

~ Johanna

Carolee said...

How very cool to share a birthday with the feast day of these two fascinating saints!

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday next week, and thanks so much for the kind words about my work - so happy St Gertrude found a home with you!

~ Carolee

Anonymous said...

Oh Lady Lyndy,

A way with words ye have, Your posts are me pot o' gold. May invisible rainbeams be revealed so that ye may see all the shiny comin' yor way.

Dunnagall of Monaghan

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Hermine, thank you for stopping by all the way from the Netherlands. Your comments are my delight!

Wishing you & yours a Magical Holiday Of Saints!!!

GAELIC ~ Sláinte!
To Your Health!
XOXOs, Lyndy

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Johanna, thank you for your sweet comments. Saint Patrick & Saint Gertrude are extra special Saints...

Wishing you & yours a Magical Saint Patrick's Day.

Love your Spring Chick Jar in Paula Deen's Magazine, kudos to you!!!

GAELIC ~ Sláinte!
To Your Health!
XOXOs, Lyndy

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Carolee, thank you for your kind comments. Your beautiful Saint Gertrude painting is very precious to me.

Wishing you & yours a Magical Saint Patrick's Day & Saint Gertrude's Day.

GAELIC ~ Sláinte!
To Your Health!
XOXOs, Lyndy

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

What a wonderful post. I love St. Patricks Day and this time of year. Have a magical birthday! Pisces women rock!

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Dunnagall of Monaghan, well I think a magical Leprechaun just popped in for a wee spell...

Thank you for your kind words from the mystical ethers. I do see through the invisible rain beams all that shiny comin' my way. Very Blessed!

Wishing you & yours a Magical Saint Patrick's Day.

GAELIC ~ Go Mbeannaí Dia Duit ~ Sláinte agus Táinte!
May God Bless You ~ Health & Wealth!

LYNDY WARD said...

Saint Patrick's Day Greetings Jen,

Thank you for sharing your sweet comments & yes Pisces Women Rock!!! As I recall, aren't you a Rockin' Piscean?

Have a Magical Saint Patrick's & Saint Gertrude's Day! I love this time of year too...

GAELIC ~ Go Mbeannaí Dia Duit ~ Sláinte agus Táinte!
May God Bless You ~ Health & Wealth!
XOXOs, Lyndy

Valrie said...

Have a happy birthday and come back for a visit, I am having a Spring giveaway!


Kitty Forseth said...

Happy Early Birthday my beautiful friend!!!

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Valrie, thank you for the birthday wishes... I'll stop by soon.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

GAELIC ~ Sláinte!
To Your Health!
Cosmic Blessings, Lyndy

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Kitty, I'm so happy to you stopped by. I miss you my gorgeous friend!

Hope you're having a Magical Saint Patrick's Day...

GAELIC ~ Go Mbeannaí Dia Duit ~ Sláinte agus Táinte!
May God Bless You ~ Health & Wealth!
XOXOs, Lyndy

Designs By CK said...

Happy Easter weekend to you!

Chris :-)


Designs By CK said...

Thanks SO much for stopping by and the well wishes Lyndy!

I do have a new book in the works, and I will be sharing more info. about it and it's release later on this year!

Hope you are still enjoying all of your OOAK CK art!


Chris (-: