Well, this has been an unusual and challenging March so far. We seem to be living in strange times with the spread of the CoVid-19 virus around the world. Most of us are probably staying at home more and facing an uncertain future. It is times like these we remember better times, and feel nostalgic for even this time last year. March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and is celebrated universally. This year in Ireland there will be no parades, no church services (except online), no pubs open, and no sports fixtures. It will be the quietest St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland that anyone can ever remember.
Why is St. Patrick’s Day so important to the Irish?
St. Patrick’s Day is important to Ireland for many reasons. Not only is it a religious holiday that represents Ireland’s transformation from paganism to Christianity, but the holiday also promotes Irish pride and heritage.Helena Cain
So, things will feel odd this year. People of Irish heritage will feel a bit lost, sad, lonely and adrift. An essential part of their cultural tradition has been taken away from them. But, knowing the Irish they will come up with some unique solutions. Watch this space…
On another note… Next Sunday is Mother’s Day in Ireland and the U.K. Again, because of the virus there will be restrictions. People may not be able to visit elderly mothers because they might be too vulnerable to infection. With pubs and restaurants closing, you won’t be able to take your mother out for a meal or a few drinks.
But we can still phone, video call, send something in the post, or even wave through a window. Let us remember not just our mothers at this difficult time. Think how you can help the vulnerable, lonely and isolated in your community. Let’s keep in touch without touching.