About Limerick Day
When is Limerick Day? This holiday is always celebrated on May 12
Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of Writer Edward Lear (1812-1888). This May 12 holiday of course, also celebrates Limerick poems. Limericks were popularized by Lear in 1846 in his Book of Nonsense”.
This day is a time to enjoy and get your fill of Limerick poems. We are so glad that it came along to brighten up our lives. Celebrate Limerick Day in style by writing a Limerick or two of your own. Or, sit down and read a few humorous Limericks. They are guaranteed to make you smile.
A Limerick is a humorous verse or poem. It is five lines long. Its name come from the city of Limerick, Ireland. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line rhyme. The third and fourth lines rhyme.
Did you know? Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland.
Would you like to be a poet? Try your hand at this lighthearted, humorous poem. It’s fun and easy.
How to Celebrate Limerick Day
It is very easy to enjoy this fun holiday:
- Pick up a book of Limerick poems ad read a few of these humorous poems.
- Read these poems to others.
- Give a poem book to someone as an unexpected gift.
Today's Irish Blessing
May the wind at your back not be from the cabbage and corned beef that you eat today!
History and Origin of Limerick Day
Our research easily uncovered the reason why we celebrate this poetic holiday. It celebrates the Limerick poem and honors the birth of Limerick writer Edward Lear. However, we found little information pointing us to who created this day. Whoever it was, we’re glad they did!
This holiday is not a true “National” day. Older historical references always referred to it as “Limerick Day”. The word “National” appears to have been added by a few websites around 2017 – 2018. We did not find any U.S. congressional records or presidential proclamations making this a true “National” day. Also, we did not find any reference to this as a “National” day from the government of Ireland either.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
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