St Patricks Day Gifts / February 17, 2019 / Alta Gentry
6. Green Beer. This American tradition should never be overlooked for the Irish at heart. Or skip the coloring and go straight for the Guinness. 5. A homemade Irish craft such as the Samhain Parshell or a carved turnip head would certainly be an unusual and unexpected St. Patrick s Day gift. 4. Luxury handmade Irish soap made with Irish rainwater and scented with heather moss sweet lavender or rose damask. Include luxury Irish creams for a beautiful gift set. Saint Patrick s day is a religious feast festival of Catholic christians having its roots in Ireland with the celebrations gaining significance in other countries particularly America and Britain.
On March 17 1762 Irish soldiers who served in the English military marched through New York City. The parade and music stirred their emotions and brought back memories of Ireland and fellow soldiers they had lost. Irish Americans began observing the holiday publicly in Boston and held the first St. Patrick s Day Parade (organized by the Charitable Irish Society) in New York City in 1766. Even today the St. Patrick Day parade is a mixture of religious beliefs and many people go to Ireland for the festivities fireworks and the parade. Parades take place in other places too: London Paris Rome Moscow Beijing Hong Kong Singapore as well as throughout the Americas.
The Irish aren t much like the people that Irish Americans pretend to be on St Patricks Day. But please don t take our stereotypes away. We love them so. Descendents of those who immigrated during the Irish potato famines of the 18th and 19th century generally only have St Patricks Day to remind them of those long ago ancestral ties. We may not have any real understanding of the country at all. Still we must beg pardon of the modern Irish citizenry and continue our traditions. So with tongue in cheek every American who likes a mid-March excuse to celebrate professes to be partly of Irish ancestry.