A Holiday for All!
Posted on 3/1/2017 1:00:00 PM
by Ken Bartels, Sr. Vice President
...are you 'green' with envy?
Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up soon. In fact, in Elmhurst, it’s coming up initially on Saturday, March 4th with the traditional parade on Spring Road. By my count, that means that in Elmhurst we will celebrate this special holiday likely for three weekends. The ‘real’ holiday, of course is March 17th.
So, what do you really know about Saint Patrick? Here are some specifics for you.
· It’s a cultural and religious celebration dating back to the 17th century. Saint Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
· Saint Patrick died on March 17th.
· It’s also called the Feast of Saint Patrick and St. Paddy’s Day.
· It’s customary to wear shamrocks or green clothing. The color green has been associated with Ireland since the 1600s.
· It’s an international event including Japan and Russia.
· In fact, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.
· In 1903 it became a public holiday in Ireland.
· Dublin had its’ first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1931.
· The City of Chicago has had a Saint Patrick’s Day parade for 62 years. It also colors the Chicago River green for the event.
· The City of Elmhurst has had its parade for 21 years and it features the largest drum in the world…we think.
· People have been known to imbibe on Saint Patrick’s Day but that might be a rumor.
In any case, it’s been said that ‘everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day’. So, put out your flag, find your green garb, work on your accent and celebrate.
Anyone who doesn’t is just jealous or green with envy.