Friday, March 17, 2006

March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day and March is Irish-American Heritage Month

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - Top of the marnin'! Some say we're all Irish on March 17. That's when we commemorate the life and works of Saint Patrick (affectionately known as "St. Patty"), the patron saint of Ireland and one of Christianity's most widely known figures. Whether or not their lineage is Irish, so many people celebrate Irish heritage and contributions that March was designated Irish-American Heritage Month.

According to the March 10, 2006 U.S. Census publication, "Facts for Features: Irish-American Heritage Month (March)and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) 2006":

Although not an official “federal” holiday in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has a long history of being celebrated with parades and general goodwill for all things Irish. The day commemorates St. Patrick, believed to have died on March 17, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Because many Americans celebrate their Irish lineage on St. Patrick’s Day, March was picked as Irish-American Heritage Month. The month was first proclaimed in 1995 by Congress. Each year, the U.S. president also issues an Irish-American Heritage Month proclamation.Irish-American Heritage Month (March)and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) 2006.

Visit these links to learn about Irish-American Heritage Month, Saint Patrick and Saint Patrick's Day:

My special wishes to readers today are encapsulated in the the prayers and toastsaccessible at Irish Toasts.###