St Patricks Day decorations help celebrate the most recognized patron saint of Ireland each March 17th, commemorating his passing on March 17, 461. The color green replaced blue for the holiday’s association some time around the 17th century, and Saint Patrick is said to have used a three leaf shamrock to teach Irish pagans about the Holy Trinity.
After St Patricks Day became a national holiday in Ireland in 1903, United States Irish immigrants began celebrating the Saint in their new home, and soon after the celebration was spread through the National psyche, with the world’s larges and oldest civilian parade in New York City. Wearing green for the day’s celebration, everyone is Irish for the day.
And while it is one of the leading alcohol consumption days of the year, here at home we celebrate in sober delight with the kids, wearing shamrock pins, green party hats, decorating the walls with leprechauns and cooking up a small Irish feast.
My wife being half Irish (and half Puerto Rican), she feels the days festivities strongly in her heart and begins setting up the St Patricks Day decorations almost immediately after our youngest daughter’s birthday party, which is less than two weeks before the holiday.
The St Patricks Day party decorations are usually inexpensive and simple, just enough to get the gang into the spirit of the day. Most of the decorations are stored throughout the year, though my wife sometimes makes simple additions such as translucent stickers for the glass sliding doors and windows, usually including rainbows, shamrocks and sometimes pots of gold.
On St Patricks Day, we’ll watch the New York City St Patricks Day parade on the television while getting together for a nice family feast, some joking, some laughing and spending time together. Truly a pot of gold in our hearts.
The holiday is bitter-sweet for my wife. Being half Irish and close to her traditional Irish dad during his later years, she was with him during his final days as he held on to life before letting go on his favorite holiday, St Patricks Day.