3/15/09

Saint Patrick's Day

I'm celebrating early this year!

Saint Patrick's day is a relatively new holiday historically speaking, and Patrick made up his own day calling it St. Patrick's Day. Those with Irish and Scottish roots do celebrate it, and so does most everyone! But sometimes in different ways.

A bit of History...

Patrick became very successful at winning converts. Arrested several times, he escaped every time. He traveled in Ireland and died on March 17 in AD 461. Ever since then, that day has been called St. Patrick's Day and is a time of feasting and honoring. Irish folklore surrounds this day including the belief that Patrick could raise people from the dead. St. Patrick's Day first came to American by going to Boston in 1737.

For those of us with Celtic, Irish and Scottish roots, it is also the day for "The wearin' o’ the Plaid." (Pronounced play-ed) That is, the clan tartan, which is a plaid wrap designed in the colors of the ancestors. This goes much further back than St. Patrick. The tartans come in many cross-plaid designs and colors that signify different clans--which can be huge and include sub-clans.

Here's a sample taken from one of my of my story sketches:

“...She's good at weavin' the tartan plaids the same way the Clan ancestors did for the joinin’ ceremonies.” In Creigville, the old ways are still in use, celebrating a mating between a man and a woman. She takes on his clan colors, and they join for life. “The elders say, choose well your mate for afterwards t’will be too late...”

Don't forget to listen to authentic Celtic music to celebrate! Try my friends, Appalachian Celtic Consort. You'll find them at: http://www.acelticconsort.com/

Have a great SP Plaid Wearin' day!

Kaye

6 comments:

Helen Hardt said...

Hi Kaye! My husband's heritage is Scottish, and his clan has a tartan. And boy does he look sexy in a kilt! Needless to say, we love St. Patrick's day in our family.

Helen

Debs said...

My husband's father was from Scotland (my family are mostly Irish) and he wears a kilt on special occasions. He looks gorgeous.

Kaye Manro said...

I love a man in a kilt too. So cool. I hope everyone enjoys St. Paddy's day in their way.

Dianne said...

You always have such good historical info, Kaye! I didn't know that about St. Patrick.

Who doesn't love a man in a kilt?

michellewillingham said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Kaye!

Kaye Manro said...

Thanks Michelle! and right back at you too...