May you live as long as you want
and never want as long as you live.
— an Irish toast
“Putting on the green” and pints upon pints of the “black stuff” are two of the most popular ways of celebrating this world-renowned holiday — St. Patrick’s Day. For a day, people wear and eat something green, go on parade, and share a round or more of Guinness with friends, family, and strangers.
On March 17 each year, this holy day turned holiday celebrates Irish culture with a festive sense of community that spans the globe from Europe to Asia.
St. Patrick’s Day Highlights
St. Patrick’s Day—
—was officially recognized as a Christian feast day in the early 17th century to memorialize the death day of Ireland’s patron saint — believed to be on March 17, 461.
—was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped at 16 by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. During his 6 years of working as a shepherd, he found his life’s purpose then escaped back to his homeland to train as a priest. He returned to Ireland in 432 as a missionary and became instrumental in propagating Christianity in the northern region.
—was used by St. Patrick as a symbol to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish during his evangelization efforts. Some scholars relate this three-leaf clover to the significance of threes in pagan culture as well as the healing power of nature.
—as Ireland’s representative color has its roots in both culture and history. Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of the Taking of Ireland) is an 11th century legend about the Gaelic ancestor Goídel Glas (Goídel the Green) — how he bore a green mark after being healed from a fatal snake bite by Moses. Throughout Ireland’s history, several religious and political organizations had adopted green as emblematic of their identity — among these was the United Irishmen who launched a rebellion against British rule in 1798. “Wearing of the green” was inspired by a song about the persecution they endured while donning this color. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 1680s.
—traveling to America played a significant role in transforming an originally religious observance to a more secular day celebrating their culture. From cabbage and corned beef, green beer, to leprechauns, the Irish diaspora has adapted to and shared their traditions with the New World.
The St. Patrick’s Day parade—
—was first held not in Ireland but in America — on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what presently St. Augustine, Florida. The Charitable Irish Society in Boston held its first in 1737 in honor of St. Patrick and for the benefit of struggling Irish immigrants. Then in 1772, Irish soldiers serving in the British army and pining for their homeland marched in New York. To date, the official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest held in the US and the world’s longest-running.
St. Patrick’s Day Delights
EndlessPens would like to commemorate this day with a selection of vernal delectations, in forms we fountain pen enthusiasts are sure to enjoy —
This pen’s distinctive, recessed grip guarantees writing comfort. Made with sturdy plastic, a secure metal clip, ergonomic grip, and a chromium-plated steel nib, it is a hardy everyday-carry pen.
This pen sports a well-polished, stainless steel nib with a special alloy point resistant to abrasion, allowing for a good writing experience. It is also equipped with a "slip seal mechanism" that prevents ink from drying out with the cap closed, even if it is not used for prolonged periods.
The Original Plus series maintains the affordable price while upgrading the filling system from a piston to a vacuum system. This series still features the in-house developed No.6 stainless steel nib.
This fountain pen has a unique design with a cut-away cap and inlaid Sailor anchor logo on the top, and known for technical superiority and writing quality.
The pen’s white-and-green striped barrel is made of cellulose acetate, carefully manufactured and turned into a sleeve. The characteristic double rings at the back of the barrel and on the cap are integrated into the material, using high precision to obtain a virtually seamless transition between the materials. The fountain pen has a completely rhodiumized 14K gold nib.
Although different from the three-leaf variety, the green and shamrock elements of this pen are enchanting. BENU created these models that have their entire body shaped with long facets. The specific shape that prevents them from rolling and enables the true color and brilliance of the material to emerge. The Talisman series lets you step into the hypnotizing realm of folklore with this marvelous collection.
Diamine has a long and rich history dating back to 1864. These inks are produced in the UK and are made with a gentle formula safe for all fountain pens. Several St. Patrick’s Day green ink colors are available.
"Manyoshu" is often regarded in Japan as a true expression of the Japanese spirit. The themes of the poems relate to love, elegies, celebrations, family matters, traveling, the passage of the four seasons, and nature. Flowers are especially significant in Japanese culture and about 1,500 of the poems cover some 160 species of plants and 50 different flowers.
The Colorverse Office series has 10 basic colored inks in bottles. The inks are meant for use at work, in school, or for everyday writing. Inspired by space and time, Colorverse inks exhort you to "colorize your universe." They are carefully blended to evoke the ethereal beauty, wonder, and intense vitality of the universe to your pen. The inks are made with high-purity raw materials and their pH is optimized for a long shelf life.
Inspired by the rich scenery and culture of Australia, Robert Oster inks are available in a stunning selection of vibrant and contemplative colors. Be enamored with vibrant greens from this collection.
May these choices inspire you to wear the green the fountain pen way!
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I leave you with this traditional Irish blessing —
May you always have walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire.
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