It reminds us how spread out people from one nation and their descendants can be, as huge celebrations will take place this weekend all over the world, particularly in Canada and the United States. While not a statutory holiday in much of Canada, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a public holiday. Canada has even more special ties to St. Patrick: the Toronto Maple Leafs used to don green, not blue, and they were known as the Toronto St. Patricks.
While the shamrocks and colour green have been used to celebrate St. Patrick since as early as the 1600s, the original colour was blue. Today, green, leprechauns, and shamrocks are seen all over the place as a celebration, with beer commonly dyed green and even the Chicago River dyed green for the day.
How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
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