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Monday, March 17, 2014

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Around the World

Learn all about the many St. Patty's Day Celebrations Around The World
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St. Patrick's Day began as a holiday in honor a man named St. Patrick who did great work in Ireland during the late 5th Century. Throughout the years, St. Patrick's Day has become more of a day to simply celebrate being Irish. Traditional symbols of the holiday include shamrocks, Leprechauns, and of course, wearing the color green!

Take a look at Sam and Sofia's St. Patty's Day outfits!!

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Across the world, people who want to celebrate head to parades and events whether they're really "Irish" or not. Little Passports (A monthly children's subscription service that teaches your kids about different states in the USA and new countries around the world) has shared some of the special festivities planned in each of these countries.

In Brisbane, the St. Patrick's Day celebrations last for ten days and include a parade, Irish dancing, dinners, boxing matches, as well as a Family Sports Day which includes Gaelic Football and other Gaelic sports!

Folk Group Photo Credit: Zvonimir Atletic /

In Tokyo, over 1,000 people wearing green will take part in their parade this year. They also host an International Collegiate Festival with workshops where you can learn Irish dance, play Irish music, and enjoy a full day of concerts!

St. Patrick's Day Parade: KengAduldej /

Dublin hosts a giant four day festival featuring a parade with marching bands from all over the world. They also hold a fair with carousels, roller coasters and Ferris wheels and an Enchanted Banquet which includes a "curious evening" with plenty of erish fables, fairy tales and folklore. The festivities begin with famous buildings like the Blarney Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the Bank of Ireland being lit green!

Trinity College Photo Credit: Semmick Photo/

United States
The United States hosts St. Patrick's Day parades in over 100 cities. One of the biggest is in the city of Chicago, who famously dyes its river green for the day! After the huge parade which draws thousands of people, you can head to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center and listen to Irish music, dance, and of course eat good old Irish food and drinks!

Chicago River Photo Credit: gary yim/

St. Patrick's Day is only a few days away! Sam and Sofia are trying to decide where around the world to celebrate. Will you help them decide where to go? Visit their Facebook page to vote.

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