Sheelah's Day

Sheelah's Day

March 18
Even the Irish aren't exactly sure who Sheelah was. Some say she was St. Patrick's wife; some say his mother. But one thing that they all seem to agree on is how this day should be celebrated: by drinking whiskey. The shamrock worn on St. Patrick's Day is supposed to be worn on the following day as well, until it is "drowned" in the last glass of the evening. If someone should drop his shamrock into his glass and drink it before the "drowning ceremony" takes place, he has no choice but to get a fresh shamrock and another glass.
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 47
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 81
DictDays-1988, p. 110
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Tuesday, March 18, is Sheelah's day, honouring Sheelah-na-Gig, an ancient Celtic Goddess of fertility.