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  • St. Patrick's Day »

    On March 17th, the Irish gather to honor their most famous patron saint, Saint Patrick.  Born in 387A.D., Saint Patrick is revered for converting the Celtic pagans of Ireland into Christians.  The shamrock, a symbol for this day, was reportedly used as a metaphor to explain the notion of the holy trinity to the people of Ireland.  St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, as well as Newfoundland and Montserrat; an island in the West Indies.  Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day is observed in many other countries as a celebration of the Irish culture. From green costumes and wigs, to green beer and sweets, the streets and pubs are teeming with the color that has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day.  In Chicago, the city goes so far as to dye the river green with 40 pounds of vegetable dye.  Initially, blue was the color of St. Patrick’s day but this gradually changed as the shamrock became a prevalent symbol of the holiday. Irish traditions In Ireland, many people attend church services in addition to the grand parades and festivals that are held, some lasting for many days.  Lent prohibitions are temporarily lifted and the people enjoy traditional feasts and their wo...


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  • President's Day »

    President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington; America’s first president.  Also known as Washington’s Birthday, this federal holiday was originally celebrated on February 22; Washington’s birth date.  However, congress moved it to the Monday in order to allow for a long weekend.  During his term as President, Washington instated the Purple Heart decoration for American soldiers who went above and beyond the call of duty.  For his reason, President’s Day also honors war veterans. Whether you are attending a parade, dinner or hosting a party, inspiring and creative gifts that commemorate President’s Day add to the festivity of the long weekend.  Gather friends and family around for some friendly competition with a historical quiz complete with cool prizes to up the ante. Gift baskets Despite being labeled as fiction by many historians, the legendary tale of Washington and the cherry tree continues to live on, making cherries synonymous with President’s Day.   Cherry filled chocolates, preserves and candies are the perfect blend of sweet and sour.  Cherry body butter and lip gloss will keep the skin and lips moisturized on cold ...


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