A Green Tradition March 17, 2017 04:57
St-Patricks day is one of those Holidays that has changed SO MUCH over the years. Other than it being a day to wear green and decorate the house and/or office, do you know who St-Patrick is or why he has a place in our calendars?
A (very brief) history lesson
Saint Patrick wasn't born in Ireland and his real name was probably Maewyn Succat. His Romanicized name was Patricius and he eventually came to be called Patrick. He was born in Britain, but spent time in Ireland as a missionary. His life mission, after joining the Catholic Church was to convert the Gaelic Irish to Christianity - and he was very successful at it. He passed away on March 17th, AD 461, which is why we celebrate St-Patricks Day in the middle of March. If you're interested, you can learn more here.
Each family has it's own traditions to celebrate Holidays. As for us, it's the time of year we start choosing what to grow in the garden! Gardening is a way to connect to nature, eat locally and reduce the distance our food has to travel to get to our plates.
Taking the green tradition to a whole new level
Since this holiday has changed so much over the years, why not change it some more and turn it into a time of year where we choose to do something for the planet, where we choose to "be green"? Gardening, if you like, is one of the ways we choose to be green on St-Patricks Day.
There are other ways of course and we'd love to hear about your ideas and/or current green traditions. Let us know!