Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Fun Facts about St. Patrick's Day Holiday
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Many cities have a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival from March 15-19, that features a parade, family carnivals, treasure hunt, dance, theatre and more. In North American, parades are often held on the Sunday before March 17. Some paint the yellow street lines green for the day! In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, Massachusetts since 1737. Montreal is home to Canada’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade, which began in 1824.
    Facts about the Irish
    • 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
    • Some American towns have “Irish” names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio.
        
    • The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.”
       
    • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
       
    • The name “lephrechaun” has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”
    Facts about Clovers
    • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14!
       
    • One estimate suggests that there are about 10 000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
           
    • Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
    (Fun facts taken from Kaboose.com)

    ~oOo~

    On a personal note... I do have Irish blood in these old veins (along with a few other nationalities). I know my great, or maybe even great-great grandparents on my mother's side were from Ireland. Something like the Flanigan's & O'Sullivan's. You will also find many red heads on my mom's side of the family.

    2 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Hope you're wearing green!

    Audrangelo said...

    Seriously? I only care about the leprechauns.

    And the chocolate coins.

    But mostly the leprechauns.