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About St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on February 20, 2011 by J32 Design in Articles

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that originated as a Catholic holiday and was named after Saint Patrick, the most recognized of the patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick is most known for “driving the snakes out of Ireland”. He also added a sun, a very powerful Irish symbol to the Christian cross, to create the Celtic Cross.

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There are many symbols assiocated with Saint Patrick’s Day, such as the leprechaun, the harp or the celtic cross. The most important traditional symbol would be the Shamrock, a three-leaved clover plant, that has been worn in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day as early ast the 17th century.

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The Shamrock can also come as four-leaved clover. Therefore it is rare to find in nature, it is thought to bring a person who finds one extreme luck. Each leaf of a four-leaved clover has a special meaning. They stand for hope, faith, love and happiness.

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People in Ireland, but also people in countries like the United States, Argentina, Canada and Australia celebrate Ireland’s culture every year on 17 March.

In the United states, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish people. Parades are held all over the country to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Many cities have traditionell events, like Chicago which dyes its river green since 1962 or Seattle that paints the traffic stripe of their parade routes green.

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Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for bars, pubs and restaurants. Acccording to beer industry research IBISWorld, the consumption of beer on St. Patrick’s Day is approximately 4 times higher than the daily average.

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Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday that brings people together. So go out, wear the green, drink Irish Beer and eat some good Irish food. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s day and Irish culture on 17 March. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!


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