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St Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in 1737 by those of Irish descent and since then has become a holiday celebrated by all. In Ireland St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday. Patrick was a young boy who had been taken from his home in the British Isles and forced into slavery in what is now Ireland. He eventually escaped but went back to Ireland in the hopes of converting the people there to Christianity. It is believed that he passed away on March 17 461 AD.
While March 17th is not a national holiday in America, there are plenty of parades and from early childhood many wear green on this day. It is also a wildly popular day to head to your local Irish pub and order a green beer, sing some Irish tunes, and try traditional Irish fare.
One icon that is known by all on this day is the shamrock used by St. Patrick to explain the Trinity, it is now worn by many people as a way of being festive on this holiday.
Seattle and other cities paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green. Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1962 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and had the idea to turn the river green for Saint Patrick’s Day. Originally 100 pounds of vegetable dye was used to turn the river green for a whole week but now only forty pounds of dye is used and the colour only lasts for several hours.
Indianapolis also dyes its main canal green. Savannah dyes its downtown city fountains green. Missouri University of Science and Technology – St Pat’s Board Alumni paint 12 city blocks kelly green with mops before the annual parade.
Whether you are Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is a great reason to meet up with some friends at your local pub to celebrate and drink green beer
How to pour the perfect Guinness
A perfect pint of Guinness should always be a process of two halves and should take 119.53 seconds to create.
Pour the Guinness a fraction over half way of the pint glass and allow to rest until it has settled, then and only then should you top up the remainder of the glass, if your clever enough as you reach the top draw a “shamrock”
Wherever you are in the world celebrating St Patrick’s Day or if you are travelling to Ireland this year don’t forget to buy travel insurance, for a quote or to buy travel insurance for as little as £4.00 go to www.holidaysafe.co.uk
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