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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

The most popular holiday during the month of March is St. Patrick’s Day. Learn more about this holiday and how we celebrate it in the United States.

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, a national holiday in Ireland that it is celebrated in many countries around the world, especially the United States…..

Especially colleges in the United States…..

Many college students associate the holiday with this:

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Yes, green beer. Which is just beer with food coloring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will take place across the country. Beer won’t be the only thing turning green. One of the most famous rituals happens in Chicago.

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There is an entire event where thousands gather to watch the Chicago River turn GREEN. More than 45 pounds of vegetable dye will be poured into the river. This tradition dates back more than 50 years ago. This year’s event will happen on Saturday, March 12 at 9 a.m. and it is free to to attend. You can view more St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago by clicking here.

The holiday is known as a Catholic holiday, but many around the world celebrate it regardless of religion. It grew to be a major holiday in the United States because of the large number of Irish immigrants.

So many celebrate this holiday, but little know exactly who Saint Patrick was.

We found this very helpful video that explains why this person is celebrated.

So, how else do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States? 

The most important and easiest thing to do is wear a shamrock or wear green clothing.

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This is a shamrock (also known as a clover). According to the legend of Saint Patrick, he used the shamrock during his missionary work to explain the Holy Trinity (which says God is three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit –sound familiar?)

In the U.S. many celebrate the holiday with eating, drinking (green beer of course), religious observances, and parades.

Be on alert: At many U.S. universities and colleges, students will start drinking early in the morning and continue drinking all day.

Of course, there couldn’t be a holiday celebration without food. Some traditional St. Patrick’s Day food include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish soda bread. View recipes for these dishes and more Irish favorites by clicking here.

Shepherd's Pie is a traditional Irish dish.
Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional Irish dish.

If you choose to celebrate this holiday, we hope you do so safely and responsibly.

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