Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Aussies and Kiwi's celebrating St Patrick's Day

Aussies and Kiwi's celebrating St Patrick's Day

The holiday honors the death of patron saint of Ireland.

But Dublin remains the focal point of St Patrick's Day and thousands took to the streets to celebrate.

The galaxy might not be, but planet Earth certainly is: March 17 is the day numerous world's most famous landmarks illuminate green.

Contrary to popular belief, Saint Patrick was not Irish.

And thus, history is left to give us the wearing of the green and its rich Irish heritage. After he escaped he returned to Europe and introduced his people to Christianity.

In Chicago, the local plumbers union dyed a portion of the Chicago River green. It's a tradition put in place in memorial of Saint Patrick that dates back to the 1960s. The green in the Irish flag and the green clover used in teaching about Catholicism also help the color transition. He became well known for establishing schools, churches and monasteries and later was appointed bishop of Ireland.

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The raising of the Irish flag at Springfield City Hall was an emotional experience for Irish Americans, many whose decedents had settled in Springfield's Hungry Hill neighborhood.

So, why do people drink beer on St. Patty's day?

The first U.S. St. Patrick's Day parade took place in NY on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the military marched through the city.

For the rest of the country, St. Patrick's Day is a convenient excuse to go drinking, and as an Irishman, I can't give anyone a hard time for that ... raise a pint of Guinness or Smithwicks (NO GREEN BEER) with a cheer of Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

While some believe the month of March hosts St. Patrick's Day just because there are no other holidays in its 31 days, that's actually not the case.

March 17, 461 AD - St. Patrick dies. ( Reuters ) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William stand on the review dias at the presentation of Shamrock to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, at a St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, on March 17, 2018.

"You don't have to drag people out here, they want to come out, they want to be part of it, so it's very good".

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