Get more out of St. Paddy’s Day
Top o’ the mornin’ to all ye lads and lassies, St. Patrick’s Day is rapidly approaching. In fact, you have only a couple of weeks to get ready for the big event.So, in what’s becoming a Click and Hack tradition, we thought we’d share some fun websites to get you into the spirit of the day, along with some interesting facts. St. Patrick’s Day became custom in America in 1737, when it was first publicly celebrated in Boston; it originated in Ireland much earlier.Though it originated as a Catholic celebration that was rather subdued compared with current ones, the day is now celebrated as a secular holiday by the Irish and non-Irish alike.
If you are looking to make the most of the celebration this year, here are a few sites that will help you.- http://www.stpatricksday.com – The site has a history of the holiday, St. Patrick the person, games, Irish toasts, even news articles.- http://www.myirishancestry.com – Are you Irish? Not sure? Check out this site, it has in-depth searches and information to help you determine your ancestry. – For the kids, check out http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/patrick/index.html – The site includes crafts, games, cards and more.- http://www.shopshamrock.com/ – This site has e-greetings that you can send to all of your friends.
– http://wilstar.com/holidays/patrick.htm – This site is run by Wilstar who produces many other holiday sites. Like the others, this one contains lots of information about the holiday. It includes history, symbols, myths, songs, cards and more, even a counter to let you know exactly how many days are left until the big day! – http://www.theholidayspot.com/patrick – Another popular site for many holidays, this site includes Irish recipes, books, greeting cards, wallpapers, jokes and history.- http://www.guinness.com – What would a modern St. Patrick’s Day celebration be (for adults anyway) without some beer? The folks at Guinness have compiled information and news stories to keep you up to date for the holiday. Among other features, they help you determine what color green to wear and how to have a happy and safe holiday.- And for some truly whacky humor, you must visit http://www.capnwacky.com/stpats/ – You’ll find the Gallery of Unfortunate St. Patrick’s Day Cards, the Leprechaun Hall of Shame and whacky Traditional Irish Blessings. Interested in going even further? For the truly devoted who might want to take in a parade or even learn the language:
– http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com/denver.htm reviews details of the 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Denver.- You’ll be speaking Irish in no time at all by visiting http://www.inac.org/irishlanguage/ or http://www.maths.tcd.ie/gaeilge/lessons/lesson1.html. These are only a few of the websites out there. Any search of Yahoo.com or Google.com will lead you to thousands more. So take some time, check them out and find out what is behind the holiday. Send your favorite sites to email@example.com.
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