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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us!

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:00 AM



March 17th is traditionally known as St. Patrick's Day, a time to celebrate the Irish, feast, and enjoy all things green. It commemorates Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Among numerous achievements, St. Patrick banished all snakes from Ireland, at least according to legend. Today, there are parades around the world to celebrate the day. And for many, St. Patrick's Day is a reminder that spring is on its way!

Never say Never by Healzo

  St Patricks Day Cupcakes by Catzombies   Lucky Bunny by celesse Shamrock wire wrapped pendant by ukapala  Four leaf clover by humminggirl Sain Patricks day Chicago by Chi-Town815 Irish Stamp by jerseygrl246 
reportage06 by BRANKY

:shamrock: Blarney Stone

But, of course, there's more to Irish culture than green, clovers, and good luck. One of the many interesting traditions of the Irish culture involves the Blarney Stone, found at Blarney Castle outside of Cork. Visitors come from all over the world to participate in the castle's famous ritual -- kissing the Blarney Stone. While it sounds simple, this is not a task for those with a fear of heights, as participants must lean backward over the parapet's edge. Successfully kissing the stone is said to bring the gift of gab and a newfound skill in flattery. 


Blarney Stone by Aodan kissing blarney by VampireCat1964 <da:thumb id="35514331"/>
Blarney Castle by urban-assault

:shamrock: Tír na nÓg

Another interesting piece from the Irish culture is the mythology involving Tír na nÓg, a place for supernatural beings. Tír na nÓg is said to be located off any map, only stumbled upon by adventurers, and is void of sickness and sadness. Ireland's greatest heroes frequently visited this earthly paradise where they enjoyed the best life had to offer. 

Tir na nOg by tayanita

Feary SongFeary Song
I heard the faeries dance one day
in a time long gone
they twirled joyously in the fray
singing their faeries song
And then i saw as i did watch
a  man with eyes like fire
step foreword and begin to sway
to the ethereal choir
With skin like snow and hair spun gold
he drifted through the throng
the eyes of all who saw were his
humming that fearies song
After a time he stopped by chance
before the girl watching their play
and oddly asked her for a dance
bespelled, i joined the fray
twirling among the beings bright
mortal and Elvin king
by their magick, my heart took flight
and i began to sing
the words like honey on my lips
in language sweet our words combined
his beauty did bewitch my soul
no sweeter solstice could i find
the dancing grace of Hume and fey
twirled deep into the night
and his spell could only break when day
came shimmering into sight  
At dawn they left, immortal fey
at the cockerels crow
i alone in the summer meadow lay
dreaming of tir na n
  Tir Na NogBleeding with the sidhe
Can no one hear me
Crying with the tick of clock
Seeking out my Tir Na Nog
Tir Na Nog
Blessed land of agelessness
Bring me to you
To your shores of light
Graceless in my skin
Plead to be let in
Wanting my key to unlock
The way out; to Tir Na Nog
Tir Na Nog
Blessed land of fearlessness
Bring me to you
To your shores of night
Creeping through the shadows
I don't know what I can do
Have to find my way
To my land of dreams
Tir Na Nog
Fantasy so dear to me
Dreaming of you
Dreaming my reality
Dreaming of you
Can you see me, can you feel me
Losing you
Help me dream...
  Tir Na NogThere’s a place I want to go.
SIlver lines everything there.
FoRget the world I know.
WaNting, wishing, wondering,
If I cAn ever find a place I belong.
Oh I kNow I can never go unless,
Unless, nO, I will find a way to get there.
I do not belonG here.
I belong away, in an otherworld.
TIR NA NOG


We also wanted to remind you that if you want to create St. Patrick's Day themed deviations, submit them to the St. Patrick's Day gallery!

:shamrock: Tell us your thoughts!

:bulletgreen: Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
:bulletgreen: Do you have any St. Paddy's Day customs or traditions?



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PassionandPromise Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Writer
I'm sorry I'm a week late to this!!! I'm a sad excuse for an Irish person, amn't I?? XDD
Thanks for doing something on us!! I love the articale you wrote about Tir na nÓg!
xoxox
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GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I do celebrate St Patrick's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check it out: [link]
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Whitelephants Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Went to Savannah,Ga
for Saint Patty's day
its diffidently one of my favorite holidays!)
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I celebrate St. Patrick's Day, it's a little on the quiet side, but yes, I celebrate.

My customs and traditions for St. Pat's day are as follows:
Wear green and blue.
Wear my copper coin pendent with a triple spiral and Celtic cross.
Sing/play a few Irish songs, hymns, prayers, or poems of/to St. Patrick.
Say a few Gaelic phrases like 'Thank you', 'Good day' and 'Welcome' and if I'm lucky a short blessing.
Get a mint chocolate chip milkshake.
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Lothringen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
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ItalyPastaLover Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is late, but oh well. I celebrate by dressing up in green and walking around the neighborhood say happy ST. PATTY DAY!
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Sotkettu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I live in Finland but maybe I can do some :iconrussiandrinkingplz: because if everyone is Irish at St. Patrics day maybe they can also be Russian at that day? 8-)
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DroidOps Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Artist
Im sorry but. I Cant go to your place cause i dont live in USA I WANNA GO THERE :la:
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One2See4Five Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Every year I want to celebrate St. Patrick'S Day, but always I forget! :(
At leats I wore sth green yesterday (without even thinking about it XD)
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