Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Scream like a banshee. Celebrate but don’t become a hooligan or talk gobshite. Put on your brogues and dance a jib.
Mental Floss shared “10 Gaelic loanwords to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.” Also, The Book of Kells, a medieval masterpiece and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures, is now digitized and available online.
March is a hopscotch of Saints’ Days, equinox celebrations, with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in for good measure for measure.
The week begins with Daylight Savings Time on March 11, where we lose an hour of daylight in the morning but gain it in the evening. So rather than being dark when I get home from work, it is dark when I get up and drive to work. (I’m still not sure how this benefits me.)
March 15 is the day the that Caesar was murdered on his way to the Senate. A Soothsayer warns Caesar in Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene 2 in lines 103 and 109: “Beware the Ides of March”.
On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. It is the traditional death date of St. Patrick . People wear green to avoid being pinched by leprechauns and other less imaginary characters.
On March 19, the swallows return to the mission of San Juan Capistrano, California for St. Joseph’s Day. St. Joseph is celebrated as the husband of the Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.
The vernal equinox or Spring is celebrated on March 20. The sun’s direct rays cross Earth’s equator from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere signalling the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Meteorological Spring occurred earlier in the month on March 1.
Good Friday is March 30 while both Easter and April Fool’s Day are on April 1.
Happy Spring Everybody!