Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is almost upon us. There’s less than a week to go, plenty of time to get acquainted with an Irish saying or two.
The cultural and religious holiday is always celebrated on March 17. It was made an official Christian feast day centuries ago, and a public holiday in Ireland while being celebrated by many as a day to be merry and with friends around the world.
The traditional fare for the day is said to be corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread.
Parades for the day also became a tradition in some countries, including the United States.
Here are quotes and sayings from the Irish ahead of the holiday:
— “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.” –Irish Blessing
— “May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.”
— “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” —Adrienne Cook
— “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.” –-Irish Saying
— “May you live to be a hundred years,
With one extra year to repent.”
— “Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.”
— “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.” –Irish Saying
— “If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?” –Stanislaw J. Lec
— “What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.” –Unknown
— “For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way –
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.”
— “Saint Patrick was a gentleman, who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland, here’s a drink to his health!
But not too many drinks, lest we lose ourselves and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick, and see them snakes again!”
— “May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night.” –Irish Blessing