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Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 17th marks St. Patrick's Day.  Be sure to wear green!

Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick's day:
  1. St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  2. The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick's Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
  3. The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
  4. In Chicago, on St. Patrick's Day, the rivers are dyed green. Mayor Daley is also of Irish descent.
  5. In Seattle, there is a ceremony where a green stripe is painted down the roads.
  6. In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair
  7. Many young people dye their hair green for the special day.
  8. Many people wear green on this holiday to avoid being pinched.

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