Saturday, March 08, 2008

St. Patrick's Day 2008 in Montreal

Wearing of the Green Goes Global!
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds not only in Montreal but also the rest of Canada and the United States. But before turning totally green on March 16/17 you should, at least, know a few facts about St Patrick’s Day:

Over forty million North Americans are able to trace their ancestry back to Ireland.

The First St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.

The Shamrock, also called the "seamroy" by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland. It symbolizes the rebirth of spring.

"Erin Go Bragh" is a phrase heard often on St. Patrick's Day. It means: I Love Ireland Forever.

Gift of Gab! Irish tradition says that anyone who kisses the “blarney stone,” which is located near Cork, will be blessed with the Irish gift of the gab

Want to know more about that important Irish holiday? Then visit the St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal, founded 1843 at:

Want to turn green on March 16 &17? Then visit our flowershop at 1340 Notre-Dame Ouest, right in the heart of Griffintown. We’ll not only have the gift of the gab but we are also loaded up on shamrocks, Irish green carnations, corsages and boutonnieres.
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