The Luck Of The Irish

Wherever you live and regardless of your heritage, you’re probably aware of St. Patrick's Day - the traditional Irish holiday that is celebrated by Irish people worldwide every year on the 17th of March.  When the green is in the air and shamrocks abound, everyone knows St. Patricks day has arrived!

Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations.


Luck o' the Leprechaun

The St. Patrick's Day leprechaun is an Irish fairy. While most fairies are cute and pretty, this little fellow is not! He looks like an old man and stands approximately two feet tall. Dressed entirely in green, has pointy ears, carries a big stick called a shillelagh, which by the way he uses to scare anyone who attempts to steal his gold.

How Much $$$ Does the Leprechaun Make?

Ever wondered why you can never find that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Well it’s this little fellow that’s always one step ahead of everyone else making him the richest holiday figure around!

Win a little bit of green!

So whether you observe this festive day by sporting your best bright green shirt, meeting up with your friends at the local pub knocking back a pint of Guinness or looking for four leaf clovers, make sure you get your lucky lottery tickets in for any of this week’s lotteries.

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Tell us how you will be celebrating St. Patricks Day this March 17th and the best 3 answers will each win 3 FREE USA Powerball vouchers. Winners announced on Monday 18th March.


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Stay tuned for another comments competition later in the week for more chances to win free tickets.


Posted by Felhix Olokani (12/03/2013)

1. Praying for to God with the intercession of Saint Patrick. 2. Observe and care for Natural vegetation to during this time so that the green nature continues because green adds beauty to the country 3. Why not organise a party in honour of Saint patrick.

Posted by Md Azlan (12/03/2013)

Observe and care for Natural vegetation to during this time so that the green continues because green adds beauty to the country 3.

Posted by Vladimir (12/03/2013)

Guinness beer I drink to the Sv. Patrick and I give myself a ticket to the lottery when I have a better chance to win the jackpot. This date may be the date of luck.

Posted by Bq29l9L (12/03/2013)

1.  Grab a glass of Guinness or a fifth of Jameson and sit down with “The Quiet Man” the best Irish American movie ever made 2.  Read “How the Irish saved Civilization” by Thomas Cahill, the perfect introduction to the incredible impact of the Irish worldwide 3.  Slap on a CD of “Riverdance” or ”Lord of the Dance” and enjoy one of Ireland’s greatest cultural gifts to the world. 4.  March in a parade and glory in the memory of those millions who marched before and made it possible for such Irish pride to endure 5.  Take my girl out to an Irish pub with music and craic and soak in the unique atmosphere – Guinness and Jameson also helps the heart relax. 6.  Read some poetry by William Butler Yeats, perhaps the world’s great poet. I heartily recommend  “The Song of Wandering Aengus ‘or “Easter 1916.” 7. Guinness stew or corned beef and cabbage makes it feel like a very special Irish day. 8. Faith of our fathers.  Attend a mass and reconnect with those generations before you who placed religion at the very center of their lives. 9. If you are up for it read “The Great Hunger” By Cecil Woodham Smith, the definitive work on The Great Famine. You will understand the lives of your forefathers much better. Then end the night with a shot of Jameson.  "God invented whisky to keep the Irish from ruling the world"

Posted by Debashish D (13/03/2013)

I would be celebrating St.Patrick's day by doing the following things: 1. I would start my day with a prayer to GOD, to help the underprivilaged and the needy. We are very fortunate to even discuss and plan about such days, but their are millions of our brothers and sisiters around the world who are less privilaged than us.We need to keep them in our prayers always. 2. Then as the whole day would be a green day for me, I think it might also help to generate awareness about eco friendliness among others, as the colour Green represents an Eco-friendly environment too. 3. I would also try to gather some knowledge or information about the history of St Patrick's Day. 4. Just wearing green clothes and enriching my knowledge won't be enough I think, so to sink into the feeling, I will have some traditional Irish food to compliment my whole attire. 5. After doing the above things, it won't be appropriate if I am not meeting my friends and family and sharing the whole experience with them over some drinks, so ending the Irish day with my near and dear ones with some Irish drinks in hand would be the perfect way to say goodbye.

Posted by Sundarasrinivasan (13/03/2013)

There is no better place to spend the night of St. Patrick's Day than at an Irish Pub. You don't have to travel to the Emerald Isle for a great pub, they're everywhere. In any of these pubs you'll be able to grab a glass of Guinness and have your pick of great Irish whiskies. A sipper of Jameson, Bushmills,Tullamore Dew or any of the other Irish whiskies will top the day off just right.Drink is not alone in the Irish tradition and the often hearty dishes are perfect for absorbing all that beer and whiskey. You'll find many Irish foods like Irish Stew, Shepherd's Pie, Barm Brack from Elaine Lemm.No celebration or gathering should end without at least one good round of limericks, rhymes and blessings being said. Years of drinking have led the friendly Irish to create some of the best toasts you can find, ones that make you think then laugh out loud in agreement. Two phrases you're sure to come across are: Érin go Bráugh (Free Ireland), Sláinte (Cheers).

Posted by Jitender (13/03/2013)

A great drink for St Patrick's is of course Mead, the sweet, delicious honey wine that has been made and enjoyed by Celtic nations for centuries.

Posted by LXbeo (13/03/2013)

We are making cup cakes in the shape of 4 leaf clovesr with green peppermint liqueur, our glasses( like at the US masters) are also green and I have had the swimming pool off for the last month to turn green and all the friends are coming in all green and I have put a big number 13 on the house for our house number and then the party can get started. I have made sure there will only be 13 of us, anybody extra gets to go home.

Posted by EPEB5v (13/03/2013)

Wearing green or orange clothes Drinking Irish beer the whole day Or drinking Irish whiskey the whiole day And most important of all enjoy the special day with family and friends.

Posted by Rakesh (13/03/2013)

A surgeon wear Green uniform and save life of ours beloved patient like wise we pray from god to save our earth and maintain greenish world and people .

Posted by Boris (13/03/2013)

For me Celebration of St Patrick day would include Irish toasts, Guinness, Irish whiskey and some Irish food (like Irish Stew). I meet a friends in Irish pub.

Posted by Jinny (13/03/2013)

Parade with gold and diamond outfit, if will win jackpot before, if not will watch Parade

Posted by Samson (14/03/2013)

St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic and so March 17th will be transformed into a day memorable by celebrations galore. In preparations for celebration children will make artificial Shamrocks, 4 leaf clovers, rainbows, flags and Leprechaun’s top hats which will be used for the parade. Women will prepare traditional food - special corn beef , Shepherd's Pie soups, snacks Men will of course stock up good green beer , Irish Martini ,wine and liquor. I will hire a green luxury coach which will be decorated with green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the sides, and the blessed shamrock with the fairest green of all. And with my family, relatives, friends and neighbors seventeen in number ( all attired in green) will first go to church to light 17 green candles and pray for the missionaries, the poor and the sick. We will sing poems and songs with pipes and drums and will welcome with open heart and smiles when anyone comes. We will attend the parade wearing Leprechaun's top hat and holding handheld rainbows , four leaf clovers and flags . We will dance on the way with the parade. En route the bus will stop at selected pubs for the men to have their satisfaction of drinking numerous glasses of Guinness to keep up the festive spirit. The celebrations will continue till midnight with dance and music , children’s games and a small lotto and conclude with cheers.

Posted by Surendranath (14/03/2013)

temperatures soaring,polar ice caps melting,species becoming rare and extinct,new epidemics spreading,countries fighting for no reasons,people with unrest... this is how the present world is....we destroyed nature and now we are facing i pray to God on St. Patrick's Day to bless us to respect nature and be harmonious with universe and all the beings that share this world with us and let the world be a place where we live and let live

Posted by Subrat (14/03/2013)

While alcohol often flows at St. Patrick's Day celebrations, I and my kids can enjoy a dry activities at Market Square for the St. Patrick's Day Parade Fest, held during parade hours. The fest includes live musical performances from Celtic Shores and the McDonald Pipe & Drum Band and Irish dancing from the Shovelin Dance School. Entertainers such as magicians, face-painters, jugglers and balloon artists. Adults can buy alcohol in private establishments.

Posted by Kasweka (15/03/2013)

Thinking God for Reaching us to this Day.Also Inviting my friends and family to rejoice and celebrate together.

Posted by Taner (15/03/2013)

I will spend the day typically irish. Go to the irish pub and drink irish whiskey till I am going to green.

Posted by Paul (15/03/2013)

learn more about saint patrick,visit the less priviledge homes and support,pray and rejoice in the lord

Posted by Padmanabha (17/03/2013)

Happy Greenish St.Patrick's Day to one and all over the world.Best practise to follow be Do Good Live Good and Die Good towards all form of living beings on our beutiful mother Earth

Posted by Rakesh (21/04/2013)

It is a great day to try luck of your life.

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