Sunday, March 16, 2014

Little Passports St. Patty's Day Celebrations Around The World

St. Patrick's Day began as a holiday to remember the life of a man named St. Patrick who did good work in Ireland in the late 5th century. But over the years, St. Patrick's Day has become more of a day to simply celebrate being Irish. Traditional symbols of the holiday are shamrocks, leprechauns and, of course, wearing the color green! And, before we move on, how cute are the Little Passports characters, Sam and Sofia?! 

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.

Australia
In Brisbane, the St. Patrick's Day celebrations spread over ten days and include not only a parade, Irish dancing, dinners, and boxing matches, but also a Family Sports Day that includes Gaelic Football and other Gaelic sports!


Folk Group Photo Credit: Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock.com
Japan
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 / Shutterstock.com
Ireland
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 that includes a "curious evening" with plenty of Irish 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/Shutterstock.com 

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, which famously dyes its river green for the day! After the huge parade that 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/Shutterstock.com

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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