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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Clements International!

You might think St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that’s only celebrated in Ireland and your local Irish pub, but it’s actually a worldwide celebration. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most recognized holidays on the global calendar, with parties in China, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Argentina and Australia, just to name a few.

Have you ever wondered exactly why the world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day? The holiday is named for Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who is said to have converted the country to Christianity and banned all snakes from the land. Patrick’s real name was Maewyn and he was born in Wales, but was sold into slavery in Ireland at age 16 and later adopted the Christian name Patricius (“Patrick” in English). He also made the shamrock famous, using the three-leaved version to illustrate the Holy Trinity. Today, the rare four-leaf clover is a symbol of good luck. Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D., which now marks the annual celebration of his life and place in world history.

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