Monday, 14 March 2011
By: Stephanie Burkhart
With St. Patrick's Day fastly approaching, it's okay to go green and celebrate. The Shamrock is a native planet to Ireland. Shockingly, I discovered it's a…weed! It's registered as a trademark by the Irish government. Symbolic for Ireland, this little plant has a unique history.
A shamrock is a 3 leaf clover that is very populous in Ireland. It's been said when St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, he used the shamrock to help illustrate the Holy Trinity and how it could be three (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) in one entity.
It's medicinal properties including helping as an antidote to snake and scorpion bites.
A shamrock is in the lower right corner of the flag of the city of Montreal, Canada, representative of the Irish population of the city.
Queen Victoria decreed soldiers from Ireland should wear a sprig of shamrock to recognize those fellow soldiers who fought bravely during the Boer war.
Don't confuse a 3 leaf shamrock with a 4 leaf clover. A 4 leaf clover is good luck!
Does anyone else have any cool shamrocks facts or stories to share?
Relax and go green on the 17th!
Let me leave you with a couple of Irish sayings:
Idleness is a fool's desire.
3 things come without asking: fear, jealousy, and love.
That butter and whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.