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St Patrick's Day (March 17) is a day dedicated to the Patron Saint of Ireland. Along with the religious aspects of the Saint's day, the festival is traditionally celebrated with 'wearing of the green' and shamrocks.

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat.

Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the ubiquitous wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs has become a feature of the day

The first Saint Patrick's Festival was held on 17 March 1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event, and by 2000 it was a four-day event. By 2006, the festival was five days long.

The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century. One of the longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parades in North America occurs each year in Montreal, whose city flag includes a shamrock in its lower-right quadrant. The parades have been held continually since 1824.


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Wow Wendy I didn't know that about yours!!! How amazing. I hope your eighth enjoyed the partying!!

Lillyjean it's good to hear from you, and thanks for letting us know you enjoyed celebrating this in far flung NZ - the Irish certainly have made an impact on the whole world!!!

Its amazing how far abroad St.Patrick Day is celebrated as it is here in N.Z too.I guess the Irish certainly spread their wings and they sure know how to party!!!


Mandy, I didn't know that about your husband. Mine is half Irish too. My grandfather on my mother's side was half that's why I can celebrate this day....or at least 1/8 of me can. LOL


I'm glad you understand Hester - I'll let her know I'm likely to unconsciously do it, and as you say, I hope she'll understand :~)


LOL I do exactly the same with accents and it does get me in trouble sometimes! I just hope your Irish friend understands your unconscious impulse! LOL


Thank you for letting me know Magda, its good to know you were around and not poorly. Of course you might have been off on an adventure somewhere in your gorgeous mountains with a friend... just know you were missed :~)


Mandy, Wendy asked the same, where I have been. Nice to know, that I have been missed. Actually I am always around,but invisible, because I never get on the board. And I don't always want to write. Thanks Mandy.


Thanks Katie, I'm so pleased you enjoy the info. :~)


Fabulous celebration puzzle today Mandy! Thanks so much for always providing fascinating information to go with your Who Knew of the day!


I used to have a strong west country accent Hester, but I lost it when I moved to Sussex - but if I return it comes back!! However, for some reason I tend to pick up accents from the people around me - which can be a bit embarrassing!! I work with an Irish lassie, and worry that I'll start adopting her accent before very long :~)


Mandy, I've lived away so many years...Scotland, London, Madrid and, for the last 26 years, North Wales that my accent only comes back when I go back to N.I. or when chatting to my pals back there. That's when my vowels broaden..."auut, daun, fud" for out, down and food!!:-DD Having taught English abroad tarted up my accent, as did marrying an Englishman! :-))


Thanks Edie - I love learning new information, and it seems that I'm not alone in that... it's great you're enjoying it too :~)


Magda - welcome back, I've missed you for a few days, I hope everything is OK?? I haven't counted my Who Knew puzzles!! I'm just happy to know you are enjoying them, thanks for telling me :~)


Hi Hester, thanks for visiting - I see Growly's all set to celebrate today!! I wanted to research where the cathedral is in Ireland, and now you've told me, thank you!! I will look it up - I married someone who is half Irish, but I've yet to set foot on Irish sod!! Do you have an Irish accent!!


No Irish here. The closest I got was when my mother remarried, an Irishman, when I was 12. Didn't know most of the stuff in your information. Learning something new every day. Thanks Mandy


I have already collected 32 of your who Knew puzzles, and maybe there were more. Thank you so much for all the fun and interesting info.


Great puzzle Mandy! I was actually born and brought up in Downpatrick ,the place where St Patrick is buried and where St Patrick's cathedral is! :-)


Thanks Rosie - I'm glad you enjoy the fruits of my research :~)

Thanks whatnauts - I was also a bit surprised to see it's a public holiday outside of Ireland :~)


Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Thanks for another fun and interesting 'Who Knew' puzzle. I had no idea that this was a public holiday anywhere other than Ireland.


Happy St. Pat's Day, Mandy. Thanks for another wonderful and informative "Who knew" puzzle. It's wonderful that you take the time to research all of these interesting celebrations and share that knowledge with us. Rosie


Thanks Jan - I love doing it, and it's always great when people tell me they appreciate it so much - I don't know how long I'll do it for... I can't see myself still doing it in 5 years... I'm sure I would have run out of celebratory days... without repetition!!! Have a fabulous day yourself :~)


Fascinating, Mandy. Thanks for all the new information on this one. I appreciate it. I also appreciate that you manage to come up with something new in the puzzle slot every single day! Thank you!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Thanks Hanne :~)


Thanks PJ - glad you found the info interesting and enjoyed the images :~)


The same to you, Mandy!! Thanks so very much!!


Thank you Mandy - for interesting info. Very neat composition - colors and fine images.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day :-)


And to you Pat, thanks :~)


Love it ... Happy St Patricks Day to you...


Thanks Ardy - I'm pleased you liked the frame! Enjoy the celebrations :~)


Thanks Barb - Happy St Patrick's Day to you too, with your Irish heritage! I've no Irish in me that I know about, but I married a half Irishman - I've yet to visit the Green Isle though, and I really want to.


Delightful puzzle, Mandy. Love your frame. Thanks for the puzzle and the fun information. No Irish in my background but it's fun to celebrate with all who do.


Happy St Patrick's Day to you, Mandy! And thanks for a colourful green puzzle. Love the pic of Charles and Camilla. My brother and sister in law live in Newfoundland and there are lots of Irish folk there, either that or their ancestors were born in Ireland. In fact, my sister in law herself was born in Dublin. And my paternal grandmother also came from Dublin. :-)