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5 Irish Blessings to Share With Your Loved Ones on St. Patrick’s Day

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You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the wisdom of Irish blessings. Much like St. Patrick’s Day, Irish proverbs can bring joy to just about anyone who needs some pep in his or her step. One look at these famous Irish sayings is all the proof you need.

Why Irish Blessings on St. Patty’s Day Are Meaningful

As most people know, St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish and Irish-American holiday commemorating the death of St. Patrick — the patron saint of Ireland — and celebrating Irish heritage on March 17. Many folks — both Irish and non-Irish — observe the holiday by attending a parade, munching on some corned beef and cabbage, or wearing green from head to toe. But did you know these fun traditions didn’t start in Ireland?

The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually held in New York City in 1762, and corned beef and cabbage became a staple for Irish immigrants only after they moved to America. Sure, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Ireland for more than 1,000 years, but it wasn’t until relatively recent times that the celebration moved beyond a religious feast. Irish blessings, on the other hand? Those have been around since goodness knows how long!

As is the case for most proverbs around the world, it’s hard to trace back to the exact roots of many Irish proverbs. But isn’t the anonymity part of what makes them special? To know that people have been sharing versions of these thoughtful Irish sayings for centuries really speaks to the power of tradition and ancient wisdom that still rings true today. Even better is knowing that they’ll continue to be passed on from generation to generation in the years to come. As much as we love leprechaun outfits and cheering alongside enthusiastic parade revelers, we think it’s equally important to celebrate the tradition of blessing someone else in a simple but meaningful way. Because the best holidays are the ones that spread loving kindness.

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