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How to Buy Saint Patrick's Day Stuff Online

Updated on January 11, 2011

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Chicago's Green River

What's St. Patrick's Day without a green river?
What's St. Patrick's Day without a green river?

Saint Patrick's Day

I happened to be born on Saint Patrick's Day AND be paritally Irish. It's a great day to have a birthday because there is ALWAYS a party somewhere. So why we do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Celebrated each year on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day celebrates Saint Patrick (387 - 493), a Romano-Britan and christian missionary. March 17th is believed to be the date of his death. Saint Patrick has come to be recognized as the patron saint of Ireland, and as a symbol of Ireland and the Irish in general.

On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

Today, Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in America by Irish and non-Irish alike. Many people, regardless of ethnic background, wear green-colored clothing and Irish symbols. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched, usually affectionately. Seattle and other cities paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green. Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1961 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and got the idea to turn the river green for St. Patrick's Day. Indianapolis also dyes its main canal green. Savannah dyes its downtown city fountains green. Missouri University of Science and Technology - St. Pat's Board Alumni paint 12 city blocks kelly green with mops before the annual parade. In Jamestown, New York the Chadakoin River is dyed green each year.

So for those of you who love to celebrate the green of the Irish, do it up right this year! You can find almost anything you can imagine online for Saint Patrick's Day. Necktie's to rubber ducks are emblazoned with the traditional shamrock green of the Irish. Whether you are looking for decorations for a green beer party or just something unique to wear this March 17th, you are bound to find it online. Try some of the unique items Amazon and Ebay are featuring this year for starters! Whatever you decide to buy, have a beer for me this year and wish me Happy Birthday!

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