It's March 1st today, and soon it will be St. Patrick's Day, or St. Paddy's Day, or whatever you like to call it.
Whether you are Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day, which is celebrated on March 17th each year, can be a fun holiday. Many bars in the United States and other countries serve green beer on St. Patrick's Day. I have personally been to a real Irish pub however that does not serve green beer, in fact, they say that it is not a true Irish tradition to dye the beer green. Many people wear green, it is said to avoid being pinched. Some will even dye their hair green for the day! In Chicago on St. Paddy's Day, the river is dyed green. Some communities have St. Patrick's Day parades, the very first one being in Boston in 1737!
On St. Pat's Day you'll probably see a lot of shamrocks. The standard shamrock has three leaves which signify the three entities, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The word shamrock comes from the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, meaning "little clover". The tradition of wearing shamrock on Saint Patrick's Day can be traced back to the early 1700s.
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