March 2012 Newsletter
Winter has come back with a vengeance with a whole two and a half, cold inches of snow. Even the I-5 Freeway was closed for a while to the traffic. Virgin snow is beautiful, especially on the day after a storm when the sun shines brightly, but oh it is so counter-productive. We were forced to stay home. With our stats up-trending I am all a rearing to go!
In March we honor Irish Americans. To learn about other countries
also, please go to Click
Saint Patrick’s Day has been observed as a religious holiday by the Irish for more than 1000 years and this year (2012) it is on March 17th. It became an official feast day in the fifth century, long ago. It has been a very popular holiday, as it falls in the middle of Lent, and only on this day are the prohibitions of Lent waived. Lent is the Christian season of fasting, when required to give up a favorite food and/or drink and take on extra charity work.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, Irish families attend Church in the morning and feast in the evening.
There are many charming traditions associated with Saint Patrick; not all true. It is said he drove the snakes out of Ireland; that he stood on his hill using his staff to drive all snakes into the sea, banishing them forever! The truth is there never were snakes in Ireland and this is just a story. It would seem the true reason there are no snakes in Ireland is that it is an island, separate from the continent of Europe and from England. New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland, and Antarctica (also islands) have no snakes.
It is also said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach Christianity, using the three leaves to explain the Trinity. It is not clear if this is true or not, as the Saint did not refer to the plant in his writings. This legend, however, has gained such acceptability that the Shamrock has become the national Irish symbol.
The Luck of the Irish
The Irish are typically seen as lucky, yet one wonders how this can be? They have experienced war, invasion, colonization, exploitation, and until they came to America even starvation. One could say that the American-Irish are lucky, because during the gold and silver rush years, many successful miners were indeed Irish-American.
Leprechauns have captured the collective imagination. We have turned them into jolly little imps and we love them. We put pictures in our offices and pin them on our lapels The truth, however, is that in early Irish mythology they were nasty, little squat men, grumpy as can be, and they sure loved their alcohol. They serve the fairies, making their shoes and guarding their treasure. Sometimes this treasure is revealed to us mere mortals as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
How You Can Find Us
Until next month!
The Picture Lady
P.S. To unsubscribe, reply to this email with "Unsubscribe" in the Subject line.