WOMEN & FAMILIES
Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it is time for the “wearing o’ the green!” Although this can be a fun time for all, I wanted to explore the history, traditions, and facts about this day. This celebration occurs March 17th and is sometimes known as the Saint Patrick’s Day or Feast Day of Saint Patrick, who was designated as a patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain in the late 14th century and was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. Lucky for him he escaped and returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.
This story reminded me of the continued mission of the Lions, service to others! Whatever your club’s goal may be, service to others” is a theme that should be highlighted. The Pandemic has brought out this serving spirit in many different avenues, so why not celebrate this fun-filled holiday with a family focused service to others project. Think of your own creative activity and let your children use their imaginations with a surprise for an elderly neighbor, essential worker, or as a random act of kindness. If you are stuck, get your creative juices flowing with many decorating ideas on Pinterest or the web. Although Leprechauns have been reported to be tricksters, lucky for us; the trend has been Americanized as a friendly fellow who has the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
In closing, there are plenty of other fun facts about this transcontinental celebration. Many folks may wonder why wear green? Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle,” so named for its lush green landscape. Green is also one of the colors of the Irish flag and believe it or not, the Chicago River has been dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day for the past 40-odd years. Let your children search the web and see what else they can discover about St. Patrick’s Day, because student centered learning is always the best way to learn. Have fun, be creative, and stay safe till next time….
Mary E. Popovich
President, West Newton Lions Club
14-E Chair - Women and Families in Lionism