The Shamrock (traditional spelling: seamrÃƒÂ³g, meaning summer plant) is a three-leafed clover that grows in Ireland. A common image in Celtic artwork, the shamrock is found on Irish medieval tombs and on old copper coins, known as St. Patrick's money. The plant is also reputed to have mystic, even prophetic powers-- for instance the leaves are said to stand upright to warn of an approaching storm.
Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock in the fifth century to symbolize the divine nature of the trinity when he introduced Christianity to Ireland.
The seamrÃƒÂ³g is a big part of Irish history, as the Shamrock was used as an emblem by the Irish Volunteers in the era of Grattan's Parliament in the 1770's, The Act of Union. When it became an emblem of rebellion in the 19th century, Queen Victoria made wearing a seamrog by member's of her regiments punishable by death by hanging. It was during this dark time that the phrase "the Wearing of the Green" began. Today the seamrÃƒÂ³g joins the English Rose and the Scottish Thistle on the British flag and is an integral part of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations.
"The Wearing of the Green" also symbolizes the birth of springtime. Irish legend states that green clothes attract faeries and aid crops. (from: Old Fashioned Living)
You can read this Saint's story by clicking here.
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Click on the links below to listen to some popular St. Patrick's Day celebration songs (courtesy of "Irish Poems, Rhymes and Songs"):
Red is the Rose
The Wearin' of the Green
When Irish Eyes are Smiling
Wishing you all an extra wonderful day, maybe with some Corned Beef and Cabbage and a little green beer. Be sure and wear something green to avoid getting pinched (OUCH!!!)