Being part Irish, I love Ireland. It'd be my dream vacation someday. Thanks to Rich Mullins mostly. So many of his music videos had Ireland in them. So beautiful.
I also love this holiday. I don't do anything to celebrate it except wear green and bring a treat to work. I haven't seen them dye the Chicago River green. I haven't gone to parades. Growing up where I did, the only ongoing tradition was to wear green and if you didn't, you'd get pinched.
So you can imagine how it baffled me when I found out hubster had never heard of this tradition. It was part of every St. Patrick's Day I had through college. Did you have this tradition? Have you never heard of that/done that before?
Of course, given that most people around me now do not pinch each other if not wearing green, I don't enforce this tradition...instead just quietly saying to myself "ohhh, he/she forgot to wear green" and giggle to myself.
What traditions do you have to celebrate this day?
Also please check out this great article at The Resurgence on Saint Patrick.