Today it is St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday, celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
It is hugely celebrated, not only in Ireland, but all over the world where ever there are Irish communities. For example, in London, there is a St. Patrick’s Day Parade around Trafalqar Square.
The Lenten restrictions of eating and drinking alcohol are lifted, a good thing, because the main form of celebrating this day is by consuming lots of alcohol! (Yes, even more than usual…^-* ….).
In the Bento a shamrock (I think this should actually have 3 leaves, but I have also seen pictures with 4, and 4 leaves is for good luck) made from rice mixed with some chopped green cooked cabbage. A pot of gold coins at the end of the two rainbow picks (hold up by some quail eggs). The leprachaun is made from rice, carrot beard/hair, cucumber hat and nori/eggsheet details. He’s drinking a pint of Guinness. The logo of Guinness is a harp, but that was too much hard work to cut out, so I made a G instead. The G and the “beer foam” are made from crab stick.
‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!