Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day is a religious holiday that evolved into a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.  The holiday is named after Saint Patrick who is the most widely known patron saint of Ireland.  This year Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th.

Many people like me, who do not have any connection to Ireland and are not terribly religious or are not Christian, still take part in celebrating this day by wearing green, sporting clover pins and drinking beer.  My cousin, whose birthday is on March 14th, is having a Saint Patrick's Day-themed birthday party this year and I am totally looking forward to it!

I must mention that when I arrived to the United states 20 years ago, I had no idea about Saint Patrick's Day and was quite surprised when one day in spring my co-workers at the bank showed up all dressed in green.  I was in my "all black clothes" period back then and I definitely did not fit the theme.  This dissonance was immediately corrected with some green tinsel around my neck and a huge "Kiss Me - I am Irish" pin given to me by the branch manager.  The holiday has grown on me since then. 

This year I made this little thingamajig to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.  Yes, I do not know what this is, but I think it is pretty.  It could be a sun catcher, a car jewel to place on your car mirror, a wall ornament, or you could use it on your Christmas tree next year - just use your imagination.  It is light, dangly, green and the circle there was made of a cut-off beer bottle.  Using a beer bottle in an ornament - I think this is a perfect way for me to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day my own way.