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Saint Patrick’s Day Blessings – Holidays Around the World

by S. S. Hansen

Image courtesy of Igor / Kozzi.com

Image courtesy of Igor / Kozzi.com

I awoke dreaming that I was in a field of clover, perhaps it has something to do with the Month of March ahead and St. Patrick’s Day coming up.

I recall hearing these words in my dream, “After we make our first million, we will be in the clover”, an old Irish saying from my youth that means to be prosperous, living well, having plenty. What a great morning it was, awakening in a field of green clovers and promises of blessings

When I was a child, on summer days my sister and I would explore Mrs. Kleemer’s cow field, as granted to us with her smiling permission. We would skip joyfully into the fields of clover, play and relax by a crystal clear brook winding through the farm, past cows and fields of clover. We would sit upon a large rock that looked like a beanbag chair and dangle our feet into the cool water, cows mooing and sun warming our backs. Day dreaming of wonderful adventures ahead while gentle breezes rustled the trees and kissed our knees, these were times of wonderful adventures from my youth.

Language in Ireland

We at Cross Cultural Communications have wonderful adventures every day helping people understand English being interpreted into their native languages. Our interpreters are the best of the best, interpreting and translating all the languages including American Sign Language. One of our rarest language requests at CCC would be for Irish, perhaps because since the 19th century British-English is the predominant language in Ireland and Irish is the secondary language.

The Irish language, (called Gaelic and Erse) originates from the Goidelic group, Celtic subfamily, part of the Indo-European family of languages. Today estimates of fully native Irish language speakers range from 20,000 to 50,000 people, however, of the 1,656,790 Irish, 41.9% of the total population aged three years and over refer to themselves as competent Irish speakers.

The month of March and clovers bring to mind Saint Patrick’s Day, a cultural and religious holiday that is celebrated on the 17th honoring Saint Patrick (AD 385-461), a patron saint of Ireland and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated holiday around the world, even in Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

St Patrick’s Day Blessings to You

The month of March inspires CCC to send you an Irish Blessing, or a few!

May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now.
And bless you evermore.

May the roads rise to meet you,
May the wind be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.