Everyone knows the shamrock is a popular Irish symbol, but the lesser-known Irish harp is Ireland's official emblem. It's been a traditional symbol for Ireland since the Middle Ages and is found on the Seal of the President of Ireland, many official documents, passports, and on Irish euro coins.
The modern celebration on March 17 is a religious and cultural holiday in Ireland, with church in the morning, then a parade and dancing, eating and drinking later in the day.
American collectors are beginning to look for decorations and memorabilia from St. Patrick’s Day, often to join their more popular Christmas and Halloween collectibles. Get started on a St. Patrick’s Day collection before it gains on the other holidays. Look for green, the holiday’s color. Cardboard or composition candy containers were made in Germany in figural shapes. Popular for the holiday are harps, Irishmen’s or Leprechaun’s heads topped by a traditional hat, and dancing children dressed in Irish costumes.
Vintage postcards like this one with St. Patrick's Day greetings from the early 1900s are available in online shops for about $5 to about $25. It has Irish symbols – the harp and shamrocks – and lots of green.
Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!