Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Shamrock

A more popular symbol of St. Patrick's Day is the shamrock. From The History Channel web site, here's some interesting notes on the Shamrock:

The shamrock, which was also called the "seamroy" by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English rule.

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