Thursday, March 17, 2011

Saint Patrick's Day

How do you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? Historically it is a holiday from Ireland when Saint Patrick went back to Ireland.
Saint Patrick's Day Facts:

The history of the shamrock and Saint Patrick's Day relates back to Saint Patrick using the shamrock, a three leaved plant,  to explain the holy trinity.

Saint Patrick's Day was originally a Catholic holiday but has gradually become a secular holiday to celebrate Irish heritage.

The color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue but in the rebellion of 1798, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on March 17th to call public attention to their political statement.

Some of the ways Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in the US:

The White House has dyed the fountain water on the North Lawn green.

Chicago dyes the river green and has done so since 1962. Originally they used over 100 lbs of vegetable dye and the river was green for a week, they currently use about 40 lbs of dye and it lasts for several hours.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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