The magic of St. Patrick's Day
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
I’m not sure if it’s because of my Irish heritage, because my favourite colour is green, or if it’s the excuse to get together with my family and celebrate – but I love St. Patrick’s Day.
It has always been a special occasion for my family.
When I was a child, my parents would leave a trail of pennies through the house for my two sisters and I to find when we woke up on March 17, and they would tell us a leprechaun ran through the house while we were sleeping.
They also always gave us gifts – small, meaningful gifts – like a green teddy bear, green jewelry or something to symbolize our Irish heritage. My dad would make green pancakes for breakfast and we always, always wore green.
St. Patrick’s Day was also my grandmother’s birthday and I was named after her. She passed away a few years ago and it seems since then, St. Patrick’s Day has become even more of a special occasion.
After she passed, my parents, two sisters and I put the money she left us towards a trip to Ireland and explored the beautiful country for two weeks in March 2013. We were there for St. Patrick’s Day – or Paddy’s Day as they call it – and attended a parade in Galway, which was an amazing experience.
St. Patrick’s Day is so big in Ireland, it reminded me of how big Christmas is here in Canada. Businesses were closed for the day and the streets were packed with people celebrating. Irish music could be heard everywhere you went, with musicians playing on every corner.
Every bar was packed and some weren’t even serving food because it was so busy. Almost every person we passed on the street would say “Happy Paddy’s Day!”
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was an unforgettable experience and I hope to do it again one day, but I also enjoy celebrating the occasion with my family in Canada.
Now that my sisters and I are older, we usually just throw on our green shirts and grab some dinner and green beers at a pub with our parents, but I look forward to making St. Patrick’s Day magical for my children, whenever that time comes.