Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

shamrocksHappy St. Patrick’s Day! So in honor of this wonderful holiday and my own Irish roots I decided to look up the history of St. Patrick’s Day.  According to History.com it is the celebration St. Patrick who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.  March 17th marks the anniversary of the Saint’s death in the fifth century.  He is now known as the Patron Saint of Ireland and best remembered for using the shamrock’s three leaves to explain the holy trinity.

031813_weekendroundup_jp15.jpgIt might surprise you to know that Ireland didn’t always celebrate this holiday with the festivals and parades that it has today.  In fact there was a law mandating that all pubs would be closed on March 17th until it was repealed in the 1970s.  It wasn’t until 1995 that there was a national campaign by the Irish government to showcase Ireland and Irish culture with a multiple-day festival surrounding St. Patrick’s Day.  Now the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin celebrates with parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother interesting fact is that the United States held the first parade in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  Irish soldiers serving in the English Military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.  The celebration of this holiday continued to grow in the states from that time on.  By the late 1840s several of New York’s Irish Aid Societies united to form an official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Now there are hundreds of interesting ways of celebrating the holiday all over the United States.  My favorite form of celebration is the annual dyeing of the Chicago River green. This first started in 1962 when they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river, enough to make the river green for a week.  Now they only use 40 pounds of dye, enough to turn the river green for several hours.

Back when I was younger my mom came up with an awesome way to combine celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and a Dr. Seuss classic, so we had green eggs and ham as our St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.  I still haven’t had a St. Patrick’s Day that topped that one.  However you’re celebrating today I hope that you’re having an awesome St. Patrick’s Day.

photoKeep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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