St. Patrick's Day 2019
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He brought Christianity to Ireland. He died on March 17, AD 461 and that day has been celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. It was originally a Catholic holy day but has turned into a world-wide holiday celebrating Irish culture and history.
The color green is associated with Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle, so in America on this day, many American wear something green.
Many cities in America have a St. Patrick’s Day parade on the Sunday before March 17. Boston has had a parade since 1737. In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green. Many bars offer green beer!
A few brief facts about Ireland
・ 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry – that’s almost nine times the population of Ireland (population: 4.1 million people)
・ The harp is the symbol of Ireland.
・ The Irish flag is green, white and orange.
・ The Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release.
・ Ireland does not have a national flower, but the shamrock is its unofficial national flower. The shamrock is also called a ‘clover’. Clovers usually have 3 leaves, but according to tradition, if you find a four-leaf clover it brings you good luck. According to legend, the first leaf represents faith, the second hope, the third love, and the fourth luck.
・ It is estimated that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.