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Gluten Free Homemade Newsletter, Issue #010 -- St Patricks Day Menu
March 15, 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Celebrate March 17th with a delicious gluten-free St Patricks Day menu, blending old world Irish traditions, with the new.
Pin a fresh shamrock on your right breast for the "Blessing of the Shamrocks" on this religious feast day honoring Ireland's most beloved spiritual patron, Saint Patrick.
Even the shamrock has meaning for the Irish, a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
For practicing Roman Catholics in Ireland, March 17th is a Holy Day of Obligation, and just like every Sunday, families attend Mass at their local parish church.
When Irish immigrants settled in Canada and the United States, St Patricks Day morphed from a sacred observance to become an important secular assertion of national identity.
Today, St Patricks Day is a celebration of all things Irish . . . history, language, culture, friendship and family.
It is a time to re-connect with the historic homeland, strengthen bonds, tell tales, sing songs and pass important traditions on to children.
The wearing of Irish green is purely an American contribution to St Patricks Day traditions as is the annual parade and the welcoming of honorable "Irishmen" for the day's revelries.
Green beer is credited to Canada and the USA, and in Illinois, the Chicago River is dyed green as part of the kick-off for the day's festivities.
In the U.S., family and friends gather at the local pub where the drink flows as freely as does the food. Then, when tongues loosen, the rollicking merriment crescendos; fiddles, flutes and vociferous voices bang out folksy dirges, while nimble feet dance Irish jigs.
Fairy stories are alive and well, and so are mischievous Leprechauns chasing after the pot of gold at the end of every rainbow.
In the end, it all comes back to dear ole St. Patrick, himself . . . and the gathering of loving family and fine friends to honor him.
(Note: You may have
noticed the grammatical and punctuation omissions in the keyword "St Patricks Day Menu"; this was an intentional bow to the internet so this newsletter will rank in the search engines.)
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