The word shamrock is derived from the Irish word ‘seamrog’, which means little clover. Shamrocks, more definitively, are the plant species Trifolium repensa. This plant is a three-leafed white clover that grows primarily in Ireland during the summer season. Shamrocks grow from bulbs and they bloom with a white flower. Shamrocks are classified as weeds, but like the thistle they are beloved weeds that symbolize a nation’s heritage. Shamrocks can be kept as houseplants, but should be trimmed back and stored in a cool dark place periodically because shamrocks need a dormant season to thrive indoors. [Read more…]
People born in the year of the snake are usually very intelligent and usually never have money problems. However they are also often quite vain, selfish and stingy. They tend to rely on their own judgment instead of that of others. In romance they can be very fickle which often leads to marital problems.
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Celebrating without Saint Patrick’s Day music is like a morning without sunshine. Fortunately, no matter what your age or walk of life, there is more than likely some Irish music that is right up your alley. [Read more…]
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah is one of the largest celebrations in the country. All across the U.S., there are parades and festivities in honor of Saint Patrick, but Savannah’s lasts the better part of a week, takes over the whole town, and has been going strong since 1813. There are family friendly events as well as irish beer, so whatever kind of St. Patrick’s Day celebration you are looking for will be out there. Here are just a few things you may want to check out if you’re in the area around March 17: [Read more…]
Good Friday is celebrated on the Friday before Easter. This day is in remberance of crucifixion Jesus endured on the cross. When the word good entered the English language it was initially only used in association with god
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Easter, unlike Christmas is a movable holiday. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical moon after the vernal equinox. There are some differences between a full moon and an ecclesiastical moon. Generally these two fall on the same day, but this was not the case in 1876. When pope Gregory the XIII standardized the calendar in 1582 the primary reason was to get Easter back in synchronization with the calendar (10 days in October had to be entirely skipped). According to Butchers algorithm Easter can fall between March 22nd and April 25th
The origins of the Easter egg came from the dietary restrictions of Lent hundreds of years ago. Since eggs were not to be eaten they were prized gifts exchanged on Easter morning. As the custom went on people started to dye, color or decorate Easter eggs. This tradition reached its pinnacle with the eastern Europeans in the 1800’s when the prized Faberge Eggs were created. In more modern times the Easter egg plays a major part in the White House Easter Egg Roll that happens on Easter Monday.
Irish beers, stouts, and ales offer up excellence in a bottle. The richness of the flavors satisfies the palate. Ranging in strength from light to powerful, both overtones and undertones of coffee, caramel, and chocolate make these drinks a wonderful gourmet experience. Of course, some are better than others. The following is a guide to various Irish beverages. [Read more…]