Happy St Patrick's Day everybody! We hope all you lucky people with the day off work are enjoying yourselves. Great to see the sun shining, spring is here!
The 17th March is a public holiday in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador & in Montserrat to celebrate Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the Patron Saints of Ireland. St Patricks Day is also celebrated all over the world, including countries such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea & Japan as there are many Irish immigrants & descendants there.
Typical celebrations include parades, parties & services around the world. We love how in Chicago the river is dyed green & the north White House fountain was also dyed green in 2009 & 2010. It is also a day of sporting activities with important rubgy, football, gaelic football & hurling matches taking place in Ireland. We love the idea of people dressed in green, eating, drinking and being merry! Apparently the original colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue! Over the years the colour green gradually grew in assocation and green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. (Wikipedia)
At BasketsGalore we have a wide range of St Patrick's Day gift baskets, as many of the items we stock are produced in Ireland by local artisan manufacturers.
We hope you enjoy celebrating today & tonight! We are certainly looking forward to having a celebratory Guinness later! Sláinte!
The BG Team