On Saint Patrick’s Day everyone’s an honorary Irishmen (or Irishwoman) and we’re celebrating by turning all kinds of things green for the day!
This St. Patrick’s Day, a record 70 countries around the world will be participating the popular “borrowed” holiday thanks to a huge push from Ireland’s “global greening” campaign, an effort which tries to get as many nations as possible to turn their monuments green for the day. If you don’t have a monument to turn green though, any small gesture will do — the campaign aims to inspire as many people across the world to take part in the green celebrations any way they can.
“I would emphasize that these “Greenings” are about something more than simple publicity,” Eamon Gilmore, the Tánaiste and Irish Minister for Foreign Trade, said in a statement. “The “Greenings” are emblematic of a relationship that we have built as Ireland with our diaspora communities and, increasingly, with countries around the world that take part in the Global Greening out of a spirit of friendship, respect, and partnership.”
The holiday marks the death of Saint Patrick who was said to have used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish… and so the day is remembered with all things green and clover-like. From desserts and monuments in the desert, to the White House and mountaintops of Brazil, people are turning all kinds of things green this year to mark the holiday.