St. Patrick’s Day!

Chicago River

I enjoy holidays in general, and minor holidays like St. Patrick's Day can be really fun if you choose to participate.

I was reading a little more about this March 17th celebration on Wikipedia and I ran across this little blurb –

"The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services" ….which I was aware of…."wearing of green attire (especially shamrocks)" …duh…"and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on fasting and drinking, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season" ….which I was NOT aware of. Very interesting! I think I'll be sticking to my Lent observation regardless though. :)

Anyhow St. Patrick's Day traditions vary greatly from family to family. For example my parents barely notice the day (although my mother wore green today, woo hoo!) and a former roommate of mine told me that it was a HUGE deal to her family – involving a feast with traditional dishes!

There are some pretty cool ways people celebrate "St. Paddy's Day" around the world. Here are a few:

* Every year in Chicago the river is dyed green (as seen in picture) – they have been doing this since 1962!!!

*Birmingham in the UK hosts the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in all of Britain. Wikipedia states it is the 3rd largest parade for this holiday in the world!

*For the last two years the White House in Washington D.C. has celebrated by dying the water in the front fountain green!

* In Argentina there are huge parties and LOTS of drinking and wearing of green. (Sound familiar?)

*Lastly, in Ireland herself there are absolutely phenomenal festivals,parties and parades. The final championship events for rugby and football are also all held on St. Patrick's Day!

A few fun facts about St. Patrick's Day :)

* Although it was celebrated long before this date, the holiday became official in Ireland in 1903.

* It is one of the leading days for alcohol consumption in the USA.

*People who are serious about this holiday tend to pinch those not wearing green. ;) Watch out!!

You can read more about St. Patrick himself in this article from wikipedia,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick

and also at The Christian Post in an article published just today –

http://www.christianpost.com/news/saint-patrick-49464 .

Also, this little VeggieTales video on St. Patrick is really funny & informative!! :)

Do you have any fun St. Patrick's Day traditions? Are there any cool celebrations you have experience or that take place near where you live? I would LOVE to hear about it!! :)

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