I'm going Green today! St. Patrick's Day is actually today but on some parts of the world, the celebrations go beyond and before this exact date. So to celebrate this day, let me give 5 facts about St. Patrick:
1. Why we celebrate it on this day? A theory is that March 17, 460 A.D. is the day that St. Patrick died.
2. Almost all businesses close on March 17, on Ireland, with the exception of restaurants and pubs, of course!
3. Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland, a symbolic of putting an end to pagan practice. He converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the "Holy Wells".
4. The tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river—enough to keep it green for a week! See photos here
5. Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
And, Okay, so I was home alone last Saturday missing the whole St. Patrick's Day Parade here. Let's just say I am trying to avoid "some people" who are part or in "close circles" with event organizers. Just think of it as my "spiritual renewal".
But, thanks to a friend who sent me this fun pic of the event:
If you wanna see the rest of the photos of this year and past years, please head on over at the Official St. Croix site:
(who knows, maybe you chance upon me in a photo or two) *wink