A little lesson in Irish national holidays: Today is St Patrick’s Day, the feast of Saint Patrick, the saint who christianised Ireland in the 5th century. Legend has it that he did so by explaining the Holy Trinity with the help of a shamrock ☘️ – available in abundance on the Green Isle. Not a lucky clover 🍀!!! And just to make it clear – it is Paddy’s Day, not Patty’s Day. Very important 😉.
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
I had my traditional Paddy’s Day shrine reveal planned for today. But *umph*, I have “fecked” up, as one might say in Ireland. I was a little bit too rigorous with my computer tidy-up the other day and deleted all the images I had taken on my iPhone for the charity sale. Among them the four/five customary pictures of the 2022 Paddy’s Day RAPS.
I was only able to recover the picture collage I had put together for the Etsy listing. And that one had been a rush job, too, as it contains the unsightly delete dots from inserting them onto a tumblr post and screenshooting the whole shebang prior to posting. *doh* And not to mention the fuzzyness due to picture-of-a-picture mode. I obviously did not have the “lucky charm” when I was tidying up…
But well, never mind, here is the story behind the RAPS. It came about because I had that big green leaf left over from Kate’s 5 items. In my stash I also had a small lapel pin in the shape of the popular Claddagh ring. You can see Ray up there holding it in his hands. The Claddagh ring is a well-known Irish design, named after a small fishing village near Galway on the West coast of Ireland. It depicts two hands which are holding a crowned heart. The meaning of this is “Let love and friendship reign” – with the 🤲🏻 standing for friendship, the 👑 symbolising loyalty, and the ❤️ symbolising love.
The pin in the shrine is removable, i.e. the new owner of the shrine can prize it from Ray’s hands and attach it to her own lapel. (The pin back is also included in the shrine.) For the decoration of the shrine I had to incorporate the colour green, hence the green leaf, the green stripy background and the dotted green design. Fun fact: The text cut-outs and the Celtic knot design are from the packaging of the lapel pin. I cut it out and used it instead of printing my own. It was a typical case of the material actually determining the design of the shrine. In any case, the shrine is on the way to the new owner, and will hopefully serve as a reminder of friendship and love. And possibly loyalty – to RA himself?
As for the Paddy’s Day festivities in Casa Guylty – I am sporting my latest green t-shirt today.
Unlike the US, where I have heard people eat corned beaf and cabbage on Paddy’s Day, there aren’t any particular dishes associated with the national holiday. Well, copious amounts of Guinness, if liquids count? If I am lucky, I’ll get some potato cakes out of the husband tonight for dinner 😉. And with our children grown-up at this point, the Paddy’s Day parade is also not mandatory for us anymore. It’s a normal working day for me, so I better get back to my current translation now…
I’ll leave you with the other six Patrick’s Day shrines so far.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit