Residents keen about being green

Willows Estate to mark St. Patrick’s Day

From Chicago dying a river green to tinting pints with a greenish hue, everyone becomes a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with banks, stores and businesses closed for the day.

While there are currently no residents who are Irish at Willows Estate, that won’t stop the Aurora long-term care home from marking St. Patrick’s Day.

Willows Estate will celebrate March 17 with a happy hour, complete with green non-alcoholic beer and cupcakes with green icing.

The life enrichment department will also be offering a game of trivia about St. Patrick’s Day to residents.

Here are a few fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

–  The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737.
–  Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
–  The colour of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.
–  It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname being “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock or clover. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn as early as the 17th century.
– Beer is one of the most widely-consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day.
– Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning – hope, faith, love and luck.
– 1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed its river green for St. Patrick’s Day.
– There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
– The real St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family.
– The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.

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