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St. Patrick's Day

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Possibly the only national holiday that is given recognition outside it's native

land is St. Patrick's Day. This is a clear indication of the Irish influence

thoughout the world. For instance in the United States, though not a

national holiday, March 17th is recognised in many communities and cities.

Everything from parades, to the 'wearing of the green,' to serving green

beer (they really add green colouring to it!), to some places going as far as

dying rivers green, mark the holiday of Ireland's patron saint. The biggest

observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. Almost all businesses, with the

exception of restaurants and pubs, close on the 17th of March. Being a

religious holiday as well, many attend mass, where it is the traditional day

for offering prayers for missionaries throughout the world, before the

serious celebrating begins in earnest.



St. Patrick
(read the legend of St. Patrick)

(read about the legend of the shamrock)

Dublin, Ireland
(read about the history of Dublin, Ireland)

More information about St. Patrick's Day
(read a little more about St. Patrick)

Send a St. Patrick's Day card

Read Some Irish Blessings

Read about St. Patrick's Day, leprecauns, shamrocks, and much, much more

Read some great Irish toasts


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This page was created by Donna Shaw, ELI Learning Center Manager



Last updated March 1, 2000