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Irish Festival Customs

Saint Patrick’s Blue is the Saint’s own color. Green came into use in the 19th century.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a legal holiday in Ireland. Schools, post offices, and banks are closed.
Mass is attended in the morning followed by a parade nearly everywhere. Saint Patrick’s Day is the start of a three day period of devotion.
Bread and fish are popular foods for the day.
Saint Patrick’s Day plays and concerts are performed in the afternoon. Major hotels have musical lineups. (1, 11)

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