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When I was in middle school, my friend who was an exchange student from Sweden, asked me, "What is St. Patrick's Day celebrating?" I replied, "I don't know, but you have to wear green or everyone gets to pinch you." She stared back at me in disbelief, as if I had just made up a completely random answer. Needless to say, I was not brought up going to Church, and had no idea that the holiday originated from the celebration of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
According to Wikipedia, I was not too far off from the American celebration of the holiday... "St. Patrick's Day, although not a legal holiday anywhere in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. It is primarily celebrated as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture; celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, feasting, copious consumption of alcohol, religious observances, and numerous parades." (Wikipedia source)
Happy St. Patty's Day from all of us at Yala!
Until next time,
Lauren of Team Yala