Did You Know? Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day 2009 (03/13)

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

March 13 : 04 days till St. Pat’s Day

Did you know that the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing shamrocks on their lapels’ and dressing their children up in the colors of the Irish flag: orange, white and green? The green on the flag symbolizes the people of the south, the orange represents the people of the north. The white stands for peace, which brings the green and orange together as a united nation.

Did you know that the shamrock, considered the official plant of Ireland, was viewed as a sacred plant in ancient Ireland? The shamrock symbolized rebirth.

Did you know that in the seventeenth century, the shamrock became a symbol of Irish nationalism? In defending themselves against encroaching English imperialism, many Irish wore a shamrock on their lapel as a symbol of their opposition to English rule.

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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