WEARING OF THE GREEN
Today we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th and the anniversary of his death in 46 AD.
St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and wearing green reminded Irish American immigrants of their link to their home country.
But for the more superstitious (and isn’t every Irish person?), wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns. Not only are those pesky little fairies troublemakers, but they will pinch anyone they can see, so watch out!
Bacon and cabbage are traditional ingredients for a proper St. Patrick’s Day meal in Ireland, although Americans seem to have exchanged bacon for corned beef. And the drinking tradition? Well, the Irish are a social bunch, so what do you expect?
Here is the map of Eire, as Ireland is known by its natives, issued in Edinburg by Johnston in 1895.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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