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March 15, 2011 > St. Patrick's Day, an enchanted time

St. Patrick's Day, an enchanted time

May the Irish hills caress you
May her lakes and rivers bless you
May the luck of the Irish enfold you
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you

The Irish always seem to have just the right words to express luck, optimism and heartfelt emotions. Blessings, curses and quotes elevate spirits and articulate essential elements of humanity. Beyond scientific analysis, even Sigmund Freud was stumped when he noted, "This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."

Beyond the understanding of most non-Irish for 364 days of the year, all embrace just a bit of blarney on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, wearing emerald green, dining on corned beef and cabbage and adding a lilt to speech.

While New York, Boston and Chicago hold large celebrations in the Eastern United States, the Bay Area has its own Irish enclaves including nearby Dublin, California which holds a two-day celebration and a parade. This year, St. Patrick's Day festivities will be held on Saturday and Sunday (March 12th and 13th) at the Dublin Civic Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. including arts and crafts, Irish entertainment, carnival rides and an international food court. The Dublin Lions Club parade featuring over 80 entries will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. For more information and directions, visit

St. Patrick's Day is both a religious feast day and the anniversary of Ireland's patron saint, observed for over a thousand years. Usually celebrated during Lent, celebrations were held in the afternoon or evening following church services in the morning. Although during Lent the consumption of meat was prohibited, these restrictions were waived and traditional meals of Irish bacon and cabbage were served.

However St. Patrick's day is celebrated, as the Irish would say, "May the sound of happy music, and the lilt of Irish laughter, fill your heart with gladness, that stays forever after."

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