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Shamrocks at Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Santa Barbara, CA  (805) 682-4726 www.sbbg.org


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May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

May the sun shine all day long,
Everything go right and nothing go wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you
And may all that you wish come true!

 

The three-leaf clover and shamrock have come to represent St. Patrick's Day, a one day celebration held each year to honor no other than St. Patrick, who died on March 17, 461 A.D. Green clothing so you don't get pinched, drinking beer and whiskey, having parades, and even going to church are ways the Irish and all who become Irish for a day celebrate this event.  Maewyn Succat would not believe the fuss. That was what he was called before he became a saint for traveling and establishing goodwill to spread the word about his religious beliefs and faith. He was believed to carry shamrocks that resemble a three-leafed clover, to help explain the concept of the Catholic Trinity (father, son, holy spirit). Kidnapped from his native Britain by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland at the age of 16, Maewyn worked as a shepherd and turned to religion for solace. After six years of slavery he escaped to the northern coast of Gaul where he studied in a monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for 12 years. Converting pagans of Ireland and Scotland to Christianity, few know of his history and faith today. In fact, the celebrations are somewhat irreverent to his original intent, and have become more of a much-needed break for working stiffs, youth in bands and all who enjoy celebrations. In California as in other states in the U.S., the Irish bars and pubs are especially filled with patrons beginning in the morning and going till closing time.

 

.Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens - California Flowers
1212 Mission Canyon Rd. Santa Barbara, CA  (805) 682-4726 www.sbbg.org