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Information about St Patrick's Celebration

Published on March 16, 2014

Author: Mesthermart


St Patrick’s Day Celebration

All things Irish St Patrick's Day is celebrated in Ireland with grand parades, community feasts, charity shows, and the mass. The parades, shamrocks, and green beer are provided primarily for tourists. In fact, it has turned out to be one of the most celebrated events in Ireland and a major tourist attraction. With so many activities and programs it may seem a little confusing about what actually is the theme of this multi-dimensional celebration. The early Irish immigrants like the English, Dutch, German, French and the likes, took their traditions in United States. But it was not until 1737 that the immigrants really celebrated the Day. And It was in Boston where the Day was first celebrated in a public way. Gradually other states took it up. And it was New York that took out the largest ever St Patrick' s Day parade held since 1762. Meanwhile the city of Chicago has developed a unique tradition of coloring the river water green. It started in 1962 when 100 pounds of green vegetable dye were added to its river, enough to keep it green for a week. The tradition has continued till date. Now, 40 pounds of a green food coloring keep the river green for only a few hours. These apart Irish community in various cities celebrate the Day with social and community works. Making charities, attending mass, promoting their own culture, and feasting with their food. Despite all these varieties, all are driven by a unique theme: be an Irish day. It's a celebration for being Irish and enjoying things Irish. While it reminds us about St Patrick. It also tells us to be Irish, with shamrocks and the leprechaun, as it tells us to cook and feast the Irish way. To laugh away all worries with Irish jokes, dance to the tunes of the Irish bands and try out the Irish words. And with all these St Patrick’s Day lets us know the real fun of being Irish.

How much do you know about St Patrick’s traditions? How much do you know about Ireland? The colour green is commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.” Let's start by finding out some basic facts on the beautiful emerald isle and its people. Did you know that.....? 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. That's almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.2 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 Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolises 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 (creature).” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.” Another symbol of Ireland is the shamrock (clover plant). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14! 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.

Now watch this video for more facts. Test your knowledge about Ireland and Saint Patrick's Day See this GLOGSTER mural for more St Patrick's stuff Have fun!

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