Saturday, February 22, 2014

Gifts for St. Patrick's Day celebration!

When I was a child I enjoyed searching for rare four leaf shamrocks. My grandmother always told me that if I could found one it would give me good luck! Sometimes I find one inside my children books very dry and yelowish! She also told me that each leaf has a different meaning: faith, happiness, love and hope. When she was young she worked in agriculture and she knew lots of stories about plants. I don't think she ever heard about tradition in Ireland. She never spoke me about Ireland! Back then I did not know that shamrocks are a symbol for Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps on this day. There’s an Irish legend that stipulates that St. Patrick used the three leaves shamrock to illustrate the concept of the Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) when trying to convert pagans to Christianity. She never spoke me about leprechauns neither! Little unpleasant and lonely old man dressed as a shoe maker with a hat?! Nahh! They work for Fairies and gather golden coins in a pot! They are also a symbol for Irish. 

In addition to all this there’s the color green. Green is the color of Nature in spring and shamrocks. Ireland is also called an Emerald because green is a constant presence in the country. Several revolutionary groups adopted this color for flags and today it appears on the official tri-color (plus white and orange) Irish flag. 

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. In Dublin and Limerick there are huge celebrations. But in USA parades are also a big tradition. The first one was held there when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York. The sound of bagpipes and drums become popular. Irish immigrants were not very well accepted in America when they travelled there to escape poverty in the mid 19th century. St. Patrick’s Day parades were a moment to unite and show their power.

Today St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in USA, Australia and Canada. More than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston host the biggest celebrations. In Chicago the river is dyed green for some hours! 

Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish. I suppose Irish drink beer to go along with it. Although Portugal is a traditional wine producer I do appreciate beer too! We don’t celebrate the occasion in Portugal. But I have some Irish records in my collection: The Pogues, The Dubliners and Luke Kelly. I guess I can cook some corned beef…and get a black Guiness to drink! And get a few shamrocks from the garden! What’s missing, a green t-shirt maybe?! A button? 

What about getting myself some shamrocks' nails coverings? It's a new product from Zazzle and I think it will become very popular! These set of nails are my first customization of the product. What do you think?

Bellow you can find awesome creations for St. Patrick's Day celebration by a hundred or so talented Zazzle artists. Hand picked one by one by me. Find yourself the perfect gift or inspiration or just browse and have fun. Enjoy!


Green White and Orange Zigzag Pillows
Green White and Orange Zigzag Pillows by designs4you
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Flag of Ireland Scarf
Flag of Ireland Scarf by ScarebabyScarves
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Elegant green Shamrocks Tie
Elegant green Shamrocks Tie by wierka
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Green trendy hipster mustache greeting card
Green trendy hipster mustache greeting card by MustacheGifts
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St. Patrick's Day Ireland Flag Hat Baseball Cap
St. Patrick's Day Ireland Flag Hat Baseball Cap by jamiecreates1
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Personalized Irish pub sign Dartboard With Darts
Personalized Irish pub sign Dartboard With Darts by Paddy_O_Doors
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Flag of Ireland Flask
Flag of Ireland Flask by FlagGallery
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Naughty Irish Girl Tshirt
Naughty Irish Girl Tshirt by HolidayObsessions
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I Need A Beer Pinback Buttons
I Need A Beer Pinback Buttons by NSKINY
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Rub Me For Luck Irish Mugs
Rub Me For Luck Irish Mugs by HolidayObsessions
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Green Beer St. Patrick's Day Party Invitation
Green Beer St. Patrick's Day Party Invitation by windyone
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Mean Green Drinking Machine Tees
Mean Green Drinking Machine Tees by HolidayObsessions
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St. Patrick's Day Drink Coasters
St. Patrick's Day Drink Coasters by nonstopshop
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Irish Pirate Mugs
Irish Pirate Mugs by HolidayObsessions
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Ireland Trucker Hat
Ireland Trucker Hat by HolidayObsessions
Design a unique custom hat at Zazzle
St Patrick's Day Coaster
St Patrick's Day Coaster by Jamlanddesigns
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smile Leprechauns Pillows
smile Leprechauns Pillows by yuhrenhuang
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Funny Green Beer Phone iPhone 5C Covers
Funny Green Beer Phone iPhone 5C Covers by EYEcase
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Luck of the Irish iPhone 5C Case
Luck of the Irish iPhone 5C Case by tigressdragon
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Kiss Me I'm Irish Buttons
Kiss Me I'm Irish Buttons by HolidayObsessions
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Green Shamrock Damask Throw Pillow
Green Shamrock Damask Throw Pillow by mazireland
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Irish-Stache Button
Irish-Stache Button by creativetaylor
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Happy St Patrick Day Cover For iPhone 5/5S
Happy St Patrick Day Cover For iPhone 5/5S by noboringwhite
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Funny Irish Beer Drinking Gifts Post Card
Funny Irish Beer Drinking Gifts Post Card by Funkart
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Irish Girls Rock Postcards
Irish Girls Rock Postcards by My_Lucky_Charms_Tees
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Drink mode on St. Patrick's day Post Cards
Drink mode on St. Patrick's day Post Cards by Thinkdifferent
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St Patricks day Pillow
St Patricks day Pillow by digitalcult
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Lucky Lucky Postcard
Lucky Lucky Postcard by apollo335
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Irish Mustache and Pipe Postcard
Irish Mustache and Pipe Postcard by HolidayBug
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Patchwork Shamrocks Tie
Patchwork Shamrocks Tie by HolidayBug
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Irish Quotes Shamrock Jewelry
Irish Quotes Shamrock Jewelry by Shamrockz
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Irish Chick T Shirt
Irish Chick T Shirt by fightcancertees
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Peace Love Irish Tag For Bags
Peace Love Irish Tag For Bags by LushLaundry
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I am Irish! Shirts
I am Irish! Shirts by noboringwhite
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