Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2015

Barry's TeaEveryone associates St. Patrick’s Day with wearing green but it’s much more than that. Over the years, I have learned there are more ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s. Being an American, I have only seen people wear green, go to parties, and hold parades in the news. It wasn’t until recent years I found out that people made a tasty dish called Corned Beef and Cabbage (even if it’s just in the States). While I spent my St. Patrick’s Days at school growing up, it was still more fun to wear green and watch everyone else doll themselves up in wacky getups, wigs, jewelry, etc (plus all the kids got a green shamrock cookie at lunch)! We would read stories about Ireland and learn more about their culture. When I learned St. Patrick’s Day was also about feasting, I was very excited since my interest in UK and Irish culture has increased over the years and I love food. I have tried soda bread which is delicious but I have yet to try boxty (Irish potato pancake).

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland who was known for bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was originally from Britain but later came to Ireland to live. It is said March 17th is the day Saint Patrick died. St. Patrick’s Day was created as a religious holiday meant to celebrate his life and work but has become a public holiday in Ireland since 1903.

St. Patrick’s Day is more important on the other side of the pond. While March 17th is a normal day for people in the United States with the addition of green to our wardrobes, it is actually considered a public holiday in Ireland, so places like banks, government offices, and even schools are closed. Since it is Ireland’s national holiday, it is a day for families to observe. Families will attend mass while wearing their best clothes to honor Saint Patrick while parades are held celebrating Irish culture. Once mass is complete, they usually join together for a feast though not with corned beef and cabbage, but rather bacon and cabbage. This dish is enjoyed with some parsley sauce, maybe with a bit of mustard and some potatoes.

While people are drowning shamrocks and toasting a certain beverage that is sometimes dyed green for the occasion, I will be St. Patrick’s Day with some Barry’s Tea imported from Ireland. Pairs up very well with a nice soda bread (especially a freshly baked one that’s buttered up while it’s nice and hot. You can also celebrate with Bewley’s, Twinings, or even our very own blend.

And so I raise my teacup in honor of Saint Patrick saying this old saying, “May your blessings outnumber, the shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A few random St. Paddy’s facts:IMG_20150310_141024_498

  • Pubs weren’t actually allowed to open on St. Patrick’s Day until the 1970s!
  • The color of St. Patrick was not originally green but instead was blue! That changed in the 19th century when green became a more official color for Ireland.
  • Saint Patrick’s given name was Maewyn Succat. He adopted the name Patrick once he became a priest.
  • The first American St. Patrick’s Day celebration took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737

~ CD

Editor’s Note: Green is typically for the Catholics on St. Patrick’s Day. As a Protestant, it is appropriate for me to wear orange. But since that is not commonly known, I typically don’t. 🙂


St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Flags

March 10, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun and joyous holiday to celebrate, whether you’re Irish or not. To make the holiday more festive, order one of the festive St. Patrick’s Day flags available at great prices from the United States Flag Store’s online store. With a variety of designs to choose from, you simply can’t go wrong! Check out some of the great flags available that feature leprechauns, the St. Patty’s Day mascot that we all love!

The Happy St. Patrick’s Day Decorative Banner flag is the perfect flag for anyone who loves leprechauns and loves to celebrate the holiday with a cool mug of beer. The flag features a red headed leprechaun with a bushy red beard dressed in a traditional green Irish suit and top hat. The leprechaun is holding a frosty mug of beer in one hand and a clover in the other. Plenty of clovers appear in the background, as well as a rainbow and gold coins. The text, “Happy St. Pat’s” appears across the top of the flag in gold writing. This flag is made from 100% polyester, measures approximately 28 inches by 40 inches, and is designed for vertical display. Order one of these great flags today for just $18.95, a savings of almost $7 off the list price.

The Luck of the Irish Decorative Banner flag is another fun and whimsical leprechaun flag. This flag features a red headed cartoon leprechaun with red hair and a bushy red beard dressed in a green suit and a green top hat. He’s sitting in front of a big pot of gold coins. In the background, a rainbow arch appears in front of a clear blue sky. Clovers and gold coins appear scattered all over the colorful banner. This flag is a made from 100% polyester, measures approximately 18 inches by 40 inches, and is designed for vertical display. Order this adorable flag for just $18.95, a savings of almost $7 off the list price!


St. Patrick’s Day Banner Flags

March 2, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17, and you still have time to order one of the great banner flags available at unbeatable prices at the United States Flag Store’s online store. If you’ve purchased a flag from us before, you know that they’re made in the United States from the highest quality materials and feature vibrant colors and beautiful designs. Check out a few of the great flags we have available for St. Patrick’s Day.

The St. Patrick’s Day Decorative Banner Flag is a great way to decorate your home for the holiday. The flag features a rainbow background with a large clover front and center. Inside the clover, there is a large pot of gold with coins flying out of it. The pot of gold is also wearing a green leprechaun hat and green high-heeled shoes. This flag is made from 100% nylon, measures 28 inches by 40 inches, is designed for vertical display, and is truly a unique design. Order one today for only $7.50!

Show off your Irish enthusiasm with the Happy St. Patrick’s Day Applique Banner Flag! This beautiful green flag is scattered with shamrocks, some even hanging off the flag, along with a Happy St. Patric’ks Day message in the middle. It is readable from both sides and measures 28″ x 40″