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St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2014

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Profile America — Monday, March 17th. This is a day when people of all ethnicities are cheerfully encouraged to wear something green. It is St. Patrick's Day, a rare national holiday observed outside its native land. The day honors Bishop Patrick, born in England, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, using a shamrock to illustrate divinity. The celebration here goes back to colonial times. New York City's parade has taken place every year since 1762, and today is the largest such event in the nation. The greatest number of Irish immigrants arrived in the U.S. in the middle of the 19th century, when the home country was reeling from the potato famine. Now, 34 million Americans claim Irish descent, nearly eight times the population of Ireland itself. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB13-FF.03

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_1YR_S0201&prodType=table

http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day

http://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/releasespublications/documents/population/current/Population%20and%20Migration%20Estimates%20April%202011.pdf


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