Saturday, March 15, 2008

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day

Remember the energising party and dance sequence in Titanic where Kate Winslet stands on her toes the first time and experiences her first real "live" party? Well I didnt stand on my toes, but I did have my first experience celebrating an Irish festival and it was fun!

Saint Patrick's Day, colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally
celebrated on March 17. Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green or orange, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink (such as Guinness) and attending parades. [thanks wikipedia!]

Luckily for us VSO volunteers, an Irish construction company celebrates this day in Abuja and all VSO volunteers and staff are invited! They flew in an Irish band who played lovely authentic
Irish as well as a few non-Irish, albeit, popular dance numbers [I almost grabbed the lead singer's guitar when he was playing Country Roads by John Denver...I so wanted to play that there!].

We learned a few Irish dancing steps. The food was a lovely spread again a nice pot-pourri of dishes even samosas [mmm....]! We were also talking about how the Irish flag is a lot like the Indian flag...just vertical without the spokes!

Thank you Saint Patrick!

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