The first Irish celebrations that took place in honor of St. Patrick were noisy affairs in Ireland! It is not known if March 17 is celebrated because it is the date of St. Patrick’s birth or his death. Some claim it is both, others say neither.
The Irish who immigrated to America took the celebration with them. St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in North America since 1737. In America, St. Paddy’s Day is a basically a time to wear green and celebrate. The first American celebration was held in Boston. As the saying goes, on this day “everybody is Irish!”
“There is a stone there, that whoever kisses, Oh! He never misses to grow eloquent: ‘Tis he may clamber to a lady’s chamber, Or become a member of Parliament.”
Some of these Irish traditions include:
- Searching and finding a four-leaf clover
- Wearing green
- Eating corned beef and cabbage
- Drinking green beer
- Pinching others who don’t wear green
- Kissing the Blarney Stone
- Dying the Chicago and San Antonio Rivers green
Shamrocks and Green Overload
Green is associated with St Patrick’s Day because it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock. The word shamrock comes from the Gaelic word seamrog, which means “trefoil” or “little clover” and it’s the national flower of Ireland. These celebrations involve lots of green (green beer, green rivers, green wearing) for luck. To keep up with traditions you can add a little green to your wardrobe by adding these Leg Avenue Lucky Clover Thigh Highs to your parties. But you won’t need the luck of the Irish with our online St. Patrick’s Day specials.
Kissing the Blarney Stone
In times past, visitors needed to be grasped by the ankles and lowered over the battlements headfirst. Today, the kisser has a friend sit on his legs or hold his feet firmly while he leans back and down into the abyss, securely grasping the iron rails, and lowers himself until his head reaches the stone.
Legend holds that the kisser of the stone will be endowed with the gift of eloquence, the gift of gab, or skill at flattery. The term ‘blarney’ has become synonymous with flattering, clever or coaxing talk.
Kiss Me I’m Irish Day
Everyone wants to be Irish today and we recommend starting some safer kissing traditions of your own. With our Screaming O Kiss O Boo lip balm, kisses will have enough coax to help anyone get LUCKY. Just apply it to your lips and every where you kiss will be left with a minty or cinnamon flavored tingle. Free on St. Patrick’s Day with a minimum purchase of $25.
Source: “Kiss Me, I’m Irish – Legends of the Blarney Stone” by John Parks.