Lulu Takes You On A Worldwide Trip as The Globe Goes Green For St. Patrick’s Day.
Hi everyone. So how are the St. Patrick’s Day preparations going? Only one week to go! It’s been really busy here at The Irish Store and I’m really looking forward to a break on the St.Patrick’s Day weekend, although I don’t know how restful it will be! One of the things I love most about our national holiday is the coming together of people from all over the world to celebrate our love of Ireland. It seems that the whole world goes green for St. Patrick’s Day so lets take a quick trip around the globe and visit some famous landmarks that get dressed up for the big day. But first…..why green?
Believe it or not, the color that was originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue! It’s believed this changed for a number of reasons; green appears in the Irish flag, green is the color of shamrock, said to be used by St.Patrick when teaching the Holy Trinity, and green is the color of our lush countryside, giving us the name of The Emerald Isle. I love the old legend that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns and those who weren’t wearing green would be pinched by these mischievous creatures. This pinching of non-green wearers continues to this day thanks to our American cousins who started the tradition back in the early 1700s. But enough of Irish folklore, lets get our trip started!
The Empire State Building
We officially started our tour in Egypt with the ancient Pyramids in glorious green but now we’re off to the Big Apple and the iconic Empire State Building. Although St.Patrick’s Day was originally a Catholic holiday and only celebrated in Ireland as a Feast Day, it was Irish immigrants who started the first St.Patty’s Day parade in NYC in the 1700s.
The Chicago River
Staying stateside, we’re off to the Windy City. Since 1962, Chicago has been turning it’s river green for the big day. The operation involves 8 workers. 4 of them get into the boat and add the dye to the river, closely followed by the other 4 who swirl it around and hey presto! You’ve got a green river for 6-10 hours.
Fasten your seat belts-we’re heading across the Atlantic now for a whistle-stop tour of some of Europe’s finest landmarks to see how they’re looking in the green!
Over 2 million citizens identify as having Irish connections in Australia, so before we head home, we must pay a visit to our cousins down under and the majestic Sydney Opera house looking magnificent in green. And so back to Ireland and Dublin city. I’ll leave you with this picture of The Custom House, which is just across the river from The Irish Store offices. I think you’ll agree it’s looking pretty festive. Well that’s all from me for this week. I’ll be back on March 17 to wish you all a Happy St.Patrick’s Day and share some photos of the day. I know that some of you will be celebrating this weekend so wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, have a blast!
Slán go fóill!
Irish Store Founder