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Get your green on-Happy St Patrick’s Day!!
Make sure that you wear your green today! As the sign on the Guinness beer warehouse in Dublin Ireland says, everyone is Irish on March 17th.
Guinness Storehouse St Patrick's Day sign
Believe it or not, blue was the color originally associated with Saint Patrick. But over the years the color gradually changed to green. It is believed that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish because of the plant's 3 leaves. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn as a sign of celebration on St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century.
In 1903, Saint Patrick's Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. Besides Ireland, the tiny island of Montserrat and the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador are the only places where St Patrick's Day is a public holiday. But that doesn't stop people around the world from celebrating.
In what is now the USA, the Charitable Irish Society of Boston organized the first St. Patrick's Day in the Thirteen Colonies to honor its home country. New York's first Saint Patrick's Day was held in 1762 but the first recorded parade in New York was by Irish soldiers in the British Army in 1766. The New ... more
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