Archive for March, 2010


Well, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and what better day to wear green? Coming from a mostly Irish region of the country, anyone not wearing green looks like a freak. However, the holiday has been so Americanized that it is mostly celebrated as a “feast day”.

The holiday, as its name suggests, is named after Saint Patrick who lived around 400 AD, and is one of the most commonly recognized patron saints of Ireland. Believe it or not, the holiday was originally associated with the color blue, but over the years, Saint Patrick’s Day and green stuck together like glue. Green ribbons and shamrocks are often worn on this March 17th holiday as early as the 1600s! In the late 1700s, however, a few Irish soldiers made a political statement by wearing all green uniforms, and well, the tradition stuck.

The Chicago River on St Patricks Day

The holiday also started as a day off from the Christian season of Lent, thus alcohol comes into the picture. It was officially pronounced a “feast day” in the early 1600s and a holy day of obligation for the Roman Catholic Irish. Nowadays, this originally Catholic holiday is celebrated all throughout the Western world.

The biggest Saint Patrick’s Day parade is held right here in nearby New York City! More than 2 million spectators line the 1.5 miles of 5th Ave. The 5-hour-long parade features hundreds of thousands of marchers participating in it: what other way to boast about your city than saying it has one of the most popular St. Paddy’s Day parades in the world, let alone being in a heavily Irish area.

Does your family have any March 17th traditions? Do you head out to the pub or talk to the local leprechaun? Share your secrets below! Check out the NYC St. Patrick’s Day 2009 Parade video below also:

Sadly, Stephanie Meyer’s hit book and soon-to-be-film Eclipse isn’t coming out on the same day as the next lunar eclipse. But don’t let that bring you down, they aren’t too far apart!

The next lunar eclipse will occur on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Anyone from Karachi (viewable at moonrise) to Rio (viewable at moonset) could have the possibility to see it, but unfortunately for the Québécois and the people of Maine, you won’t have this opportunity. The closer to Hawaii you are, the more likely you will see it.

The romantic-fantasy film, Eclipse, however, will premiere 4 days later: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, so you can still have that magnificent sight in your head while watching it. I don’t think it will be as good as Twilight or New Moon, but the previous movies have appealed to so many people that it won’t have any problems in being successful.

In contrast to @ShutterBugGeek, I will probably not read the book. Of course, many people say the book is better, but then they are disappointed in the movie for leaving out many details. I have been told numerous times, starting around 2007, to read The Twilight Saga, but I have never gotten accustomed to reading them, unlike Harry Potter though.

While I was visiting Vancouver this summer (the city where they film part of the TS), there was much commotion about the new movie being filmed there, and I was advised to look out for the letters “TSE”: Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Unfortunately, I couldn’t snag any pictures while visiting, but I have managed to obtain this not-so-very-secret-anymore preview (make sure you watch it in 720p for best experience!):