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by Merari Hernandez, 8th Grade Reporter

Leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, pots of gold. The first thing that comes to mind is probably St. Patrick’s Day, a day celebrated once a year to admire the Irish.

However, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish to begin with! He was actually a British captive, captured by Irish pirates when he was just sixteen, but returned to his family six years later. Although, he returned to Ireland, as a bishop, and became the patron saint of Ireland in the seventh century. On March 17, near the end of the fifth century, Saint Patrick passed.

St. Patrick’s Day is in fact a religious holiday, celebrated internationally. The color green was adopted years later. Blue was the first color associated with Saint Patrick. Shamrocks were used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity, since the shamrocks have three leaves.

There are many ways this holiday is celebrated. Parades take place in major cities in several states, such as New York, Chicago, Boston, and even St. Louis. Every March 17, the Chicago River and the North White House Fountain are dyed green. Participants of parades in these cities cover themselves completely in green, as well as painting their faces completely green, or a simple shamrock.

Even though this holiday is known as an Irish celebration, the first parade took place here, in New York City on March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the English Military marched through the streets, trying to express their feelings towards the mistreatment of Irish immigrants in America.

But, the US and Ireland aren’t the only countries that celebrate this holiday. Surprisingly, several other countries also take part in this celebration, such as Argentina, Japan, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand, and Great Britain.

by Genesys Jimenez and Tyrone Thomas, 8th Grade Reporters

Do you think your days off are going to be boring, or do you want to make the most of your break? Well, here are a few activities and events that will make your vacation a lot less boring.

Movies Opening February 18th

  • Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son: A comedy based on FBI agent, Malcolm Turner, and his 17-year-old son, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Disguised as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before the murderer finds them. (PG-13)
  • I Am Number Four: An action-adventure based on a teen, John Smith. Smith is a fugitive on the run from enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, Smith is the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small town of Ohio, which he now calls home, Smith encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love, powerful new abilities, and a connection to the others who share his destiny. (PG-13)
  • Film Festival at the Audubon Center, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (February 15 – 21). Screening of Planet Earth and Clever Monkeys. Free.

Events:

  • Ice skating at the pond in Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th Avenue. Open till February 27. Skate rentals: $ 13.
  • Nintendo World Store, located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza. A video game addicts wonderland and great place for some family fun. You can sample new games on a 45” HD monitor.  Free.
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab, located at 56th Street and Madison Avenue. A technology and entertainment museum. Free.
  • Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace at Penn Pavilion, located at 401 7th Avenue. Admission: $5.00. www.nycbm.com