Happy Saint Patrick’s day!

20140317-063136.jpgMonday, the 17th of March, 2014 is the 76th day in 2014 and in the 12nd calendar week.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2014 in Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Day, colloquially St. Paddy’s Day or simply Paddy’s Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on 17th of March.

People have been celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Patrick for over a thousand years. Saint Patrick was born and raised in Roman Britain during the fifth century. At the age of sixteen he was captured and sold as a slave to an Irish sheep farmer, but eventually managed to escape. He spent several years in a monastery before returning to Ireland as a Christian missionary. Today he is hailed as the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.

The day is a national holiday of Ireland: it is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. It is also a public holiday in Montserrat. In Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, Argentina and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by those of Irish descent and increasingly by people of other ethnicities as well, notably in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink and attending parades, which have a particularly long history in the United States and in Canada.

As well as being a celebration of Irish culture, Saint Patrick’s Day is a Christian festival celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and some other denominations. The day almost always falls in the season of Lent, and some bishops will grant an indult, or release, from the Friday no-meat observance when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday; this is sometimes colloquially known as a “corned-beef indult”.

Where is St. Patrick’s Day?
Nationwide Ireland

March 17, 2014 in the World

Today is Holi! Holi (also known as the Festival of Colors) is a popular Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring, and the triumph of good over evil.

People all over the world gather together to feast, dance, pray, and light bonfires. Another Holi tradition is a mischievous activity called “playing colors.” People of all ages run through the streets throwing brightly colored body paint on each other. The game continues until everyone is covered from head to toe in the colors of love and life.

Take part in the great celebration of Holi and give your loved ones special gifts that show your love and respect. Happy Holi!

Where is Holi?

Submarine Day 2014
March 17, 2014 in the World

Submarine Day takes place on March 17, 2014. Submarine Day celebrates the day that John Philip Holland, an Irish engineer, first successfully demonstrated his submarine called the Holland VI. On St. Patrick’s Day, 1898, ist made her first successful submerged run which impressed observers by the US Navy Department. John Philip Holland designed submarines that, for the first time, made use of internal combustion engines on the surface and electric battery power submerged.

The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, recommended to buy the Holland VI. Several months later, it was the Navy’s first submarine, which was later named the USS Holland (SS-1). By the way: the National Submarine Day, which commemorates the purchase of USS Holland (SS-1), takes place one month later in April.

A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. Although experimental submarines had been built before, submarine design took off during the 19th century, and they were adopted by several navies. Submarines were first widely used during World War I (1914–1918), and now figure in many large navies.

Today, Submarines have one of the widest ranges of types and capabilities of any vessel. They range from small autonomous examples and one or two-person vessels that operate for a few hours, to vessels that can remain submerged for six months – such as the Russian Typhoon class, the biggest submarines ever built. Submarines can work at greater depths than are survivable or practical for human divers.

Where is Submarine Day?

Evacuation Day in Massachusetts
March 17, 2014 in Massachusetts

Evacuation Day in Massachusetts takes place on March 17, 2014. It is observed in Suffolk County and also by the public schools in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts. The holiday commemorates the evacuation of British forces from the city of Boston following the Siege of Boston, early in the American Revolutionary War. Schools and government offices are closed. If March 17 falls on a weekend, schools and government offices are closed on the following Monday in observance. It is the same day as Saint Patrick’s Day, a coincidence that played a role in the establishment of the holiday.

Where is Evacuation Day in Massachusetts?
Nationwide Massachusetts

Historical Events:

45 BC – In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.

432 – St Patrick, a bishop, is carried off to Ireland as a slave

1521 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines

1753 – 1st official St Patrick’s Day

1766 – Britain repeals the Stamp Act

1776 – British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War

1845 – Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

1861 – Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed

1876 – Gen Crook destroy Cheyennes & Oglala-Sioux indian camps

1898 – 1st practical submarine 1st submerges, NYC (for 1 hour 40 minutes)

1908 – Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)

1921 – Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain’s 1st birth control clinic (London)

1926 – Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations

1927 – US government doesn’t sign league of Nations disarmament treaty

1939 – Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.

1959 – Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India

1960 – Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA