St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. This is originally an Irish holiday that commemorates Saint Patrick. The holiday is celebrated across the US, with large parades in New York and Boston, two cities with traditionally large Irish populations. On St. Patrick’s Day you will also see a lot of people wearing green, either as part of their clothing or some sort of jewelry or pin. It is tradition that if someone is not wearing green on this day they will get pinched. The video below from explains how this tradition of wearing green came about, among other things you might not have known about St. Patrick’s Day.

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On St. Patrick’s Day, a popular dish in the US is corned beef and cabbage. Though a dish created by the Irish, it’s not a traditional dish in Ireland. The video below explains how this dish came about as the result of living conditions and merging cultures, providing one example of how the United States has come to be known as a melting pot of cultures.

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A popular figure associated with the Irish is the leprechaun, a small person who is said to have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Below is an image of a leprechaun.

Happy Leprechaun

On St. Patrick’s Day it is typical to wear green, perhaps attend a parade if one is nearby, and go to a bar for Irish food and Guinness or green beer. Many bars will dye the beer green for this day and some cities have even turned their rivers green to celebrate!

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Whatever you do on this Irish holiday, we hope you have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!