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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.

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!
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I do celebrate St Patrick's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check it out: [link]
Whitelephants Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Went to Savannah,Ga
for Saint Patty's day
its diffidently one of my favorite holidays!)
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.
Lothringen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
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!
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-)
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:
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)
drusnemet Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am Hungarian but I celebrated St. Paddy yesterday: drank irish coffee and beer (not exactly Guinness or something but it was fine), worn green clothes, listened celtic music and started to make a little leprechaun doll. :D I love Éire!
MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
St. Patrick's Day is also conveniently known as International Drinking Day. And my birthday. No prizes for guessing how I celebrate!!!
sukmybasilisk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
St. Patrick's Day is my birthday as well! Wahey! :D
MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!!! Happy birthday to you too, my friend! :D
Shine-Moonie Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
oh i don't know patrick day but i really love ireland <3 <3 <3 love green too
villiesse Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
New London, Wisconsin USA has a large Irish immigrant population, most having arrived here in the 1850s. The community (pop 7300) renames itself New Dublin for the week, the phones at city hall are even answered 'New Dublin'. There are a host of Irish culture celebratory events, culminating in a grand parade on Saturday of the week of St. Patrick's Day. It is the largest St. Patrick's parade held north of chicago in the USA. More people come to see it than normally live in the town.
JolieBonnetteArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, there were never any snakes in Ireland. It's a parable about him persecuting and killing indigenous non-Christian peoples of Ireland. They were represented as snakes because snakes were "creatures of evil/the Devil". So yay for persecution of people keeping their own traditions! :-X
Uidre Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
i think you're reading a bit too much into this. i'd also like if you could post the names of manuscripts (or any literature) detailing St. Patrick (or followers of his) "persecuting and killing" non-christians...

If it makes you feel better, St. Patrick's Day has simply become a hollow Guinness marketing day. Now owned by an international corporation.
JolieBonnetteArt Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As stated: no snakes in Ireland. EVER. The church has ALWAYS represented anything they viewed as being "of the Devil" (IOW non-Christians, non-conformists, anyone who stood against the tyranny that was the Holy Roman Empire) as serpents/snakes/dragons, etc. The Catholic Church has a LONG history of torture and slaying anyone who refused to become an obedient little drone and convert. All manuscripts detailing dear old St Patrick are what? Documents from or edited by the Church. So, tell me, do you think there are any accurate manuscripts floating around out there? As the saying goes, history is written by the victors. However, tradition and history have long been spread verbally by the people. So the truth is still out there in fragments.

And, no, it doesn't make me feel any better that people brainlessly celebrate something that was spawned from a massacre just because it's "traditional". That would be like having a Trail of Tears Day where people celebrate the deaths of all of those Native Americans just because it's an excuse to party. I'm sure we'd all be aboard for that, right?
Uidre Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
OK... first off I have absolutely no idea why you're bringing the Holy Roman Empire into this, didn't even exist until a few centuries later. I will take it that you meant the Roman Empire which the country of Patrick's birth (Britain) had been influenced by.

I'll ask again: have you simply thought up this notion that the adoption of Christianity came alongside persecution and murder? No foreign crusading force came and pillaged the land, converting as they went. There was no central king / emperor who decided, that's it folks: convert to Christianity or die. Ireland actually lost contact with Rome up until the 6 century - so you can't blame it on zealous fanatics from the vatican.
dragondruid76 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually the church did send him to "enlighten the heathens" I for one am a Druid, one of the very "snakes" who were culled, you know the convert or perish philosophy that some Christians who went well beyond what the scriptures preach. So I'm with aazari here, he pulled off what basically Hitler an eradication of a people and is now painted a saint, now mind you I like what the bible teaches, however there are many paths in the forest that lead through it.
Uidre Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
I certainly agree with your last point, that there are indeed 'many paths through the forest that lead through it'.
My point is however that there is no basis to believe any kind genocide went on. What of any kingdom in Ireland was powerful enough to conduct it. We simply do not have any evidence to say it occurred. What archaeological evidence is there for it? You mention the 'convert or perish', but unlike what happened a many centuries later against the saxons in nw. germany, or the baltic crusades - there was never a papal order, no tutonic orders eager to increase territory. The main reason we see the pre-christian faith disappearing is because of the technologies (such as writing) and connections with the continent it brought with it.
What christian kingdom any where in either Britain or Ireland was powerful enough to conduct it?

Anyway it's a sunny day here so I should be a bit more up-beat;) Hope you have a nice day!!
NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^ Why I refuse to celebrate it.
JolieBonnetteArt Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wish more people would be aware of where things actually originate. Most people don't even realize that about 2/3 of all "Christian holiday traditions" spawn from the fact that the Church had to keep SOME of the practices of older religions to increase the likelihood of conquered peoples to convert.
NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Like Christmas and Easter. Not to mention turning Imbolc into GROUNDHOGS DAY. (that one makes me more furious than any other.)
MusicalRaven Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not all St. Patrick's Day is about. St. Patrick was actually a Brit who was kidnapped by the Irish as a teenager and made a slave, until he escaped six years later. Later, he had a dream of someone giving him a letter. The letter told him to go and preach the gospel in Ireland.

He wasn't an Irishman, but a Brit who went back to his captors to celebrate Christ. St. Patricks day is celebrating his death.
Tainted-Scribbles Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
:bulletgreen: Yes I do
:bulletgreen: I dress in green & eat a traditional Irish dinner
Dalek-Morgon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love st. Patricks day I always remember to dress in green. being part Irish it would kind of be sad if I forgot. though we don't do much to celebrate in my family. We wear green thats about it. maybe we watch a movie with irish people in it. I have two friends though that make corned beef every year.
I'd love to see Ireland some day.
Tsunade201 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tir Na Nog sound like a beautifull place <3

New idea for if I go backpacking in the future, go to Ireland and all over the world with a magical feeling of nature ~_~
Cassidy-Slingby Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
every year its the boondocks saints movies no matter what
Dalek-Morgon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds like an awesome st. patricks day
GoldLemonade Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love saint Patrick day, because it is my dogs birthday! I also watch the same Irish movie every year. My own personal tradition
adammybaby Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love St. Patrick's day and dress in nothing but green from head to toe. My family and I will fix a traditional Irish dish like Cottage Pie (Like Shepard's Pie but with beef instead of lamb) or Corned Beef and Cabbage. If we decide to we'll put on traditional Irish music via Internet Radio.
aurarue Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
    :shamrock: Ah, what joy, Happy St. Patrick's Day, deviantART!
ruroken7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
even though i'm part Irish, all i do is sit around the house in my green 1-Up mushroom shirt, green stove pipe hat, and tan pants and watch TV. i'm such a :iconlazyplz: XD
YetiInPinkBoots Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love St. Patrick's day! Some of my ancestors were Irish!
ColorMyMemory Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I celebrate it. C:
prominent-portraits Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
There were some beautiful photos included in that article. Here is a little something I did with my tortoise this holiday.
Superspud Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I live in Ireland, but I never celebrate St Patrick's Day. For starters, I'm actually from England. I feel that my presence alone would be infuriating enough. I don't need to rain on their parade. Secondly, at this point it's become an excuse for people to get drunk. I want no part in that.

And a fun fact! Did you know that when they say St Patrick banished the snakes, they actually mean he banished the pagans?
NatalieBaileyHardin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I DID! Which is why I refuse to celebrate it. I even went out of my way to change out of my green shirt I coincidentally put on
BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Corn Beef and Cabbage for dinner on this day, every year! Yummy...! >.<
brokey23 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Artist
You all ways have a pint of the black stuff Guinness the best drink in the world haha =D
rehael Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sláinte mhaith! Go bhfillead go hÉirinn go brách! Fág an Bealach! Guinness am! Sláinte! :ahoy:

What a wonderful day t'was today! With my love we made a nice, long walk in the beautiful weather (it's finally spring here!), did some photoshooting (~180 shots after sorting out the bad ones — I like the outcome), and of course we ended the day at the pub, having a pint of Guinness (or Murphy's in her case). Now at home, editing the photos from the shooting.

Sláinte! :iconirishplz:
BTHardy1993 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Yes. I celebrate Saint Patrick's Day because my birthday is the day before that holiday and I'm 25% Irish. I wear a 4-leaf-clover necklace on a daily basis and I have a Saint Patrick's Day teddy bear from Build-a-Bear Workshop which is very special to me. I have never been to Ireland but i hope to visit there someday. I do think that the idea of kissing the Blarney Stone is very ridiculous!
hellfire1093 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
im irish and proud :party::party::party::party::party::party::party::party::party: :shamrock::shamrock::shamrock:
MissDudette Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Peach-Momoko Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely forgot, to be honest.. (shows how much i care ^^;)
But usually I just stay at home and drink!
Tiggersquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Saint Paddy's Day, everyone!
MeTaa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Its my birthday. Does it mean I was born lucky? :meow:
ihateads2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Nope, my country doesn't celebrate La Fheile Padraig.

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