Posts Tagged ‘Christianity’

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2009

If you’re wondering why every pub seems to be running out of Guinness by five o’clock and why several people in the office are wearing big hats with┬áthree-leaf clovers today┬áthen don’t worry. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the patron Saint of Eire and Northern Ireland. Here is a website which has information about St. Patrick and Irish culture, including Irish slang, quizzes and even some recipies:

http://www.irishabroad.com/stpatrick/

Here’s also the website for the Official St. Patrick’s Festival in Ireland:

http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/cms/home.html

It is also the 250th anniversary of Guinness and here is the brewery’s website:

http://www2.guinness.com/

Thing of the Day would like to wish you all a Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2009

Today in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and in other locations accross America is Groundhog Day where their resident groundhog, known as Punxsutawney Phil, will predict how long to go before the Spring. So if you’re wondering how long it’ll be until you can turn the heating down have a look at this:

http://www.groundhog.org/

And here’s a video with Phil in action:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1jVtx0o-Pn8

Groundhog Day also coincides with the Christain Festival of Candlemas and the Pagan festival of Imbolc. Here’s some information from the BBC about them:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/candlemas.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/imbolc.shtml