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Friday, March 13, 2015

St. Patrick's Day!

When I think of March, I think of the color green. And when I think of the color green, I think of Kermit the Frog and St. Patrick's Day! Sorry to any Muppet fans but here are some facts about St. Patrick's Day (if you haven't already guessed from the title)!

St. Patrick casting out
the worm-snakes
The original Saint Patrick was captured in his homeland of Wales (What?! He's not even Irish?) and taken to Ireland as a slave. He was able to escape back to his family but traveled back to Ireland for mission work. In Ireland, he found a place as a cleric and eventually Bishop within the Christian faith.

One popular belief surrounding Saint Patrick is that he used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity; thus, we get the shamrock symbol and the origin of why the color green is used to celebrate the holiday. Another legend is that he banished snakes from Ireland and chased all of them into the ocean. However, this has been confirmed impossible as there is no evidence of any type of snake in Ireland. Many still believe it could be true but about worms (Sorry, the snake story is WAY cooler). 

Chicago River - permanent residence
of the Wicked Witch of the West
The actual holiday was first celebrated in 1737 by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. It was a feast and religious service to honor the Irish culture that came to the American colonies. To this day, many fun traditions still exist and surround the holiday. Parades and numerous festivals are held. Almost 13 million pints of Guinness beer, an Irish brand often served at pubs, are consumed. By far one of the coolest traditions is the fact that every year, Chicago dyes a portion of the Chicago River green.

Here are some cool St. Patrick's Day traditions to participate in:
    • Attend a St. Patrick's Day parade or festival
      • There are definitely some local celebrations
    • Find a four-leaf clover (Once I found two in one day!)
    • Listen to some Irish music
    • Eat corned beef, cabbage, and Irish stew
      • BONUS: Make Shamrock Shakes! Blend mint and vanilla ice cream together and all your dreams will come true
    • Wear green (don't get pinched)
Hope everyone has a green St. Patrick's day!

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by Rebecca B, homework assistant

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