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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tomorrow is Saint Patrick's Day, and it is more than just an opportunity to wear shamrocks and drink green beer. St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on the traditional date of Saint Patrick's death (circa AD 385-461).

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

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Today's Random Fact:

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, 110 million people will celebrate the day by wearing green, making an Irish-inspired meal, or going out to celebrate.

There are 33.7 million U.S. residents who are of Irish ancestry. That number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself.

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Bonus Fact:

St. Patrick is a hero in Ireland. And there are about 60 churches and cathedrals named for him in Ireland alone. One of the most famous cathedrals is St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. These grounds bear the mark of the place where St. Patrick baptized his converts.

The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.

The largest parade in the United States, held since 1762, is in New York City, and draws more than one million spectators each year.

Over 100 US cities hold a parade every year. Some of the other biggest St. Patrick's Day parades are in Chicago, Illinois and Savannah, Georgia.

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