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Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day 2009 (03/11)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About St. Patrick’s Day

March 11 : 06 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that Patrick was neither Irish nor particularly religious, at least not initially? Patrick was born Maewyn Succat in 385 CE in the Welsh town of Banwen, and for the first sixteen years of his life he was an avowed pagan.

Did you know that Patrick, nee Maewyn, was captured by Gaelic slave traders at the age of sixteen and sold to an Irish sheep farmer? Patrick was enslaved for six years, during which he turned to Christianity for comfort. He escaped at the age of 22, and spent the next 12 years living in a British monastery. It was there that he adopted the name Patrick.

Did you know that Patrick returned to Ireland after his time in a monastery, along with 20-some followers, serving as a Christian missionary?

Celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, its said that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish! The day is celebrated worldwide with shamrocks, parades and green beer!

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our St. Patrick’s Day celebration for our list of Did You Know? St. Patrick’s Day facts.

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(March 11) Today we're observing . . .  Johnny Appleseed Day

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Johnny Appleseed Day

Observing the birthday death of John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed, a pioneer nurseryman who traveled early America spreading the joys of tree planting.

photo credit: via flickr

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