Monday (not so) blues

Monday Blues St Patricks DayFor those of you who do not live in Boston, you may not realize that March 17th (a.k.a. St. Patrick’s Day) was made into a holiday here although technically it is referred to as Evacuation Day – a holiday to commemorate the evacuation of British forces from the city during the Revolutionary War.  So for many in Boston this is a 3-day holiday weekend (sadly not for me).

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  1. Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).
    Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services,[5][7] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9]
    Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[10] Northern Ireland,[11] Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zelend.

    Saint Patrick’s Day, while not a legal holiday in most of the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. 17 March is officially recognized as Evacuation Day in parts of Massachusetts, and St. Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in Chatham County, Georgia[citation needed]. The day is observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century.

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