St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated on March 17th. This was originally a religious Irish holiday but is celebrated all over the world now.  A tradition is to wear something green. Why green? Nobody knows for sure. St. Patrick is one of Ireland’s patron saints who is thought to have been born in Great Britain, U.K.. He spent his later life in Ireland spreading word about the religion Christianity. He is believed to have died on March 17, over 1,500 years ago. The color of St. Patrick is originally believed to have been blue. However, the color green is associated with Ireland since the country has a very green landscape. At some point, the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day changed to green. A symbol of St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock, a three-leafed clover. According to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock for his religious teachings to the Irish people. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades, dancing, music, green things, and lots of food. Kids are told a story about the Leprechaun, a small old man with a hat and a pot of gold.

For over 40 years, the Chicago River in Chicago, USA has been dyed green as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This year, the river was colored green on March 12. Here are two videos. One is about St. Patrick’s Day and the other is a time lapse of the Chicago River being turned green.

 

Image Credits: www.hibernians-shamrock.com for the image of the shamrock
Sources: http://www.chicagotribune.com, http://www.gpb.org/education, http://content.time.com