Mar 15, 2012

12 Places Around the World That Turn Green for St. Patrick’s Day



Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on March 17th. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is probably the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world. [Source: Wikipedia]

Below is a list of 12 places outside of Ireland that go green for St. Patrick’s Day. With this highly celebrated occasion falling on a Saturday this year, the Sifter urges revellers to drink responsibly and have fun!



12. The Empire State Building, New York City, U.S.A.


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11. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy




10. Big Dam Bridge, Arkansas, U.S.A.


Big Dam St. Patrick's Day


Originally intended to be called Murray Bridge, the Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge to span the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas over the Murray Lock and Dam, and is open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The bridge is also the longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge in North America that has never been used by cars or trucks. It spans 4,226 feet (1288 m.) in length. [Source: Wikipedia]



9. London Eye, London, England




8. The CN Tower, Toronto, Canada


Happy St. Patrick's Day 2010

Photograph by Lionel Caines



7. Selfridges Department Store, Birmingham, England


Selfridges Store @ The Bullring Birmingham England

Photograph by Nala Rewop



6. Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa




5. White House Fountain, Washington D.C.


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4. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia


Photograph by Mike Young



3. Michigan/Indiana Border (41 45 32.95 N 86 16 06.19 W)



The Sifter was not able to find out much about this Google Earth sighting, but you can see it for yourself by inputting the following coordinates into Google Maps or Google Earth: 41 45 32.95 N 86 16 06.19 W



2. Burj Al Arab, Dubai, U.A.E.


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1. Chicago River, Chicago, U.S.A.


Photograph by Knowledge Seeker


Photograph by Mike Boehmer







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