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Popo is erupting! Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes rise 17,000 feet, snowcapped year round. Popo and Izta (as Magnificats know them) are remembered in “Magnificats, Return of the Demon Wind,” when the Polar wind passes south over Mexico. In Aztec mythology, the two were human and deeply in love. The father of Izta demanded Popo find and kill an enemy for his daughter’s hand. Treacherously, a false message is sent back that Popo is dead, causing Izta to die of a broken heart. When Popo returns triumphant, in his sorrow he carries Izta’s body to the mountains whereupon he has a funeral pyre built for both himself and his princess. Grief-stricken beyond measure, Popo dies next to his beloved. The Gods, turn them both into mountains so that they may be together forever. On occasion, Popo will erupt in display of his promise to never leave the side of his beloved.

Why wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY TRADITIONS

THE WEARING OF THE GREEN

The tradition of wearing Shamrock to celebrate Saint Patrick seems to date from the seventeenth or eighteenth century. This was a very turbulent time in Irish history. The suppression of the Gaelic way of life by the ruling British invaders resulted in many aspects of the Catholic religion in Ireland being forced underground. Strict laws were enforced which prevented the Catholic population from attending schools so ‘hedge-schools’ were operated in secret. (My husband’s great grandfather was a hedge teacher…at the risk of his life.)

Shamrocks – one of the symbols of Ireland

These were schools run outdoors in secluded places (sometimes literally ‘under a hedge!). The teaching of religion was also forbidden so it is only to be expected that teachers would use naturally available resources to inform their pupils. Thus the Shamrock plant was used to illustrate the message of the Christian Holy Trinity.

Saint Patrick was credited with using the Shamrock in such a manner so the wearing of the Shamrock by the oppressed Catholic population became a means of demonstrating their defiance to the ruling British class. It also imbued a sense of kinship among the native Gaelic people, differentiating them from their oppressors.

Wearing a clump of Shamrock is now a firmly established tradition throughout the world to celebrate not just Saint Patrick but Ireland itself. The Shamrock symbol is widely used by businesses seeking to associate with Ireland and, along with the Harp, is perhaps the single most recognizable symbol of Ireland. It is a shame though that the Shamrock is not a blue plant as the color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue!

from the Irish Newsletter: Ireland News