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:
- Irish-American Heritage.com - The American Foundation for Irish Heritage Website honors "the glorious contributions the Irish in America have made to the growth and development of the United States of America."
- Irish-American Heritage Month - This google search yields almost 7 million (!) Web pages where you can learn more.
- St. Patrick's Day -- Customs and History
It's a bit o' the Irish. The traditions, customs, and history of St. Patrick's Day are explored. There's also a fun game for the lads and lasses!
- The History Channel - The History of St. Patrick's Day
Tells about the holiday and the man behind it. Also provides general information on Ireland and its people.
- www.St-Patricks-Day.com provides global information on Ireland and all things Irish.
- More sites
My special wishes to readers today are encapsulated in the the prayers and toastsaccessible at Irish Toasts.###