‘Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!” Sorry, couldn’t resist, yes we know no-one in Ireland actually says it, but that was the first thing that sprung to mind when thinking of Paddy’s Day. That, and Irish whiskey which we at Drinks21 have on offer – Jameson Irish Whiskey for only £23!
Yes, it’s nearly here, on the 17th March people around the World, not just the Irish will soon be out celebrating St. Patrick – the man who’s known for driving the snakes out of Ireland, and it’s true, there are no snakes, so he did a mighty fine job!
If the story of St. Patrick sounds a little hard to believe, it could be because in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland is thought to be symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice – as it is widely known St. Patrick introduced Christianity.
So, how do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, if at all? It’s interesting to see that many of us here in the UK celebrate Paddy’s Day – a big deal in Ireland and a religious holiday – more than we celebrate St. George’s Day. In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick's Day is massively celebrated with some communities even going so far as to dye rivers or streams green. Instead, we tend to dye ourselves green. Haven’t we all seen the odd leprechaun out and about on St. Paddy’s Day, and that’s before we’ve started on the Irish whiskey!
So, why is Paddy’s Day celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that it’s the day St. Patrick died. St. Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck, Irish whiskey and Guinness! If Irish whiskey isn’t your cup of tea (yes, we know – whiskey / tea… ) we have plenty of other offers here at Drinks21 These include a fabulous £10 off ABK6 VSOP Grand Cru Cognac, 25% off New Zealand wines, PLUS our FirstCape Lions Wine Club offer – buy 12 bottles of FirstCape wine and you’ll be entered into 2 rugby competitions!
However you spend St. Patrick’s Day, we wish you a good one and let us know if you see any leprechauns! Until next time…