First Week of Spring – Tip For Big Apple’s Visitors (St. Patrick’s Day)

There are compelling reasons why I would like to write about St. Patrick’s  Day  as exception to the rule and a slight deviation from the primary objective of my blog site, particularly for the month of March . Nevertheless, for those who have been following my site, you will still find more or less useful tips for women in this article as you read along the way.

Here are the rationale:

1.In recognition of and with due respect to St. Patrick whom I do admire for his courage and endurance. At a very young adolescent age he already faced such challenges, trials, and great achievements in life.

2.The Gothic Cathedral of St. Patrick in Manhattan always makes me feel at home and the memories will always be there as far as my love of music and spirituality is concerned.

3.In appreciation to my colleagues in the local community where I belong, specifically to the amazing and beautiful Irish ladies who are always there to lend a hand and be a friend  and they all know who they are! Every 17th of March, the feast of St. Patrick is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland as he was responsible for the conversion of Irish people to Christianity. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is both a national holiday and a holyday of obligations. Here in New York City, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is considered as one of the major tourist attractions – it is a great experience if you are visiting the Big Apple on a crisp spring day break! The St. Patrick’s Day parade is the main highlight of this event where hundreds of thousands of marchers   participating and a vast crowd of spectators along the fabulous street of 5th Avenue. What is exciting in this event is the unique color green overshadowing the entire gathering.

Regardless of nationality and creed,you will see people wearing something green and silver or gold glittered green hats and accessories in a festive atmosphere.I had the privilege to witness how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated at the local level. In our community, the event was started with a mass in the morning by the Irish-descent parishioners and friends and it ended with a dance in the  evening. 

Apart from the Irish food (corned beef with cabbage, among others) and drinks,there was a program with Irish music being played and the traditional Irish dance by the pretty young ladies with theirelegant traditional costumes. It was just so unfortunate my cam was not at its best at that time… I bravely went to the auditorium on arainy, windy and stormy night ….for St. Patrick’s sake!

It is also during this year that the 1st Annual Soda Bread Contest was held. Entries were displayed on the table but since I have to go ahead for another occasion I didn’t get the chance to witness who had the most yummy and mouth-watering soda bread. Incidentally,  I had this really funny experience about what soda bread is- I thought all along that probably the main ingredient is soda (drinks), hence the name soda bread until my friend corrected me that it’s soda because it uses baking soda as a rising agent instead of yeast!  Honestly, I would have wanted to try on how a traditional soda bread tastes like. Maybe someday,once I got a sample of it, I will definitely write an article about it with the ingredients and the preparations as well! You see, I got a tip for you – about the “soda” thing!

Sure, the color green and the “shamrock” symbol were visible but what was important was the camaraderie among themselves, the fun and the pride of their culture and heritage.

This kind of mood is contagious that even the non-Irish New Yorkers consider themselves as one of them on St. Patrick’s Day!

To all of you, Beannachtai na Feile Padraig agat! Blessings of the Feast of Patrick to you!