Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

Sending flowers for St. Patrick’s Day

There are an array of flowers you can send for St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick's Day flowers can come in an array of orange, white, and/or green. See below for our top selections.

Sweet Citrus

Complete Happiness

Winsome Bouquet

History of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated because of religious figure named St. Patrick passed away on March 17th 460 A.D. At age 16, St. Patrick was a prisoner of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. Although his family was not considered religious, he turned to his faith to help him through his imprisonment and became a devout Christian. According to his writing, St. Patrick, was spoken to by God to escape. He did escape and fled to Britain, where another vision told him to return to Ireland and start converting the Irish to Christianity.
In his attempt to convert the Irish he incorporated traditional rituals into his lessons. Patrick used bonfires during Easter and superimposed a sun on the Christian cross, now called the Celtic cross, so it would seem more natural to the Irish people.
In the 17th century, the English began to seize Irish land and prohibit the use of their language and Catholicism. This is when the Irish started wearing shamrocks as a symbol of their pride and dislike of the English. Shamrocks were a sacred plant in ancient Ireland and symbolized the rebirth of spring.
Many people Irish or not, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a religious feast day and anniversary of St. Patrick’s death. One of the main courses many Americans partake in is corned beef and cabbage. Corned beef is not food item found in the Irish diet, but Irish immigrants in New York began substituting it for bacon because of its low cost.
Leprechauns were not generally associated with St. Patrick’s Day until Walt Disney released a film called Darby O’Gill and the Little People in 1959 which featured a little leprechaun. Leprechauns have quickly evolved into a universal symbol for St. Patrick’s Day.

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