A Guide to Your Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!! Around the U.S. we hold many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, the day when everyone turns a little Irish. The first parade occurred in New York in 1762, and since we have continued to grow. In Chicago, they turn the river green every year. Boston always holds a large parade in South Boston “Southie”, and Dropkick Murphy’s performs every year at House of Blues. In New York they still have the tradition of their parade, but here is a complete list of things to do, so that you can find what suits you best!

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For those of us on the West Coast, we have plenty of opportunities to celebrate too. In San Francisco, you can enjoy the annual parade, next year, as it took place on March 11th this year, but the Holiday Block Party is happening on the 17th, so still festivities to enjoy!! In Los Angeles, they have a Parade, and pub crawls, like everywhere, they also have a number of races you can check out for those of you wanting something a little healthier.

If you are really into the celebrating you could hit up parties (or races) on the East and West Coasts, and still get back in time to work on Monday! Now that would be some incredible dedication!!! Whatever you decide, please have fun, and be safe, and if you are going to hit the town, please call Lyft, or Uber, or ca cab, for paid rides, AAA for a free ride, or maybe even try a parent, or friend. It is only ignorant if you don’t ask.

Plan Your Epitaph Day

Is it right to actually enjoy this weird holiday each year?  Ah well, too bad because some of these epitaphs are just too funny, ironic and poignant to miss!  Besides, it’s the “last joke you’ll make”.  Ha!  Before I send you to 15 of the funniest Epitaphs according to blogger Amanda Chatel, let’s take a quick look at the spot where are these epitaphs “reside”, cemeteries.

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While the photo listed above is not funny, it is most definitely memorable, this was a remarkable man. Here are a list of more humorous ones:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/56906-15-of-the-funniest-epitaphs-on-tombstones-because-it-is-the-last-joke-you-can-make

Some fun facts about cemeteries, including remembering some of the more elaborate. The largest cemetery in the U.S. is in Queens, New York, and is called Calvary Cemetery. It is a Roman Catholic cemetery with about 3 million burials.  It is also one of the oldest cemeteries in the U.S. and covers 365 acres (see picture below).  Where is the largest cemetery in the world you might ask?

Wadi Al-Salaam, (Valley of Peace) is an Islamic cemetery, located in the Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraq with 1,485.5 acres and containing over 5 million bodies (see picture above).

 

While we may not think of a cemetery as beautiful, there are actually a few. I was thinking the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful, right?  It’s a tomb for an Indian emperor’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  The mausoleum sits on a stunning 42 acres and cost 32 million rupees in 1653 ($827 million) to build.  It took 10 years and employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects.  And it’s one of the “7 Wonders of the World”.

 

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But if your tastes run to more traditional cemeteries, there’s St. Andrew’s in Scotland and my favorite, “Cim`etire du P`ere Lachaise” in Paris, France:

Pere Lachaise Cementary in Paris, France

Pere Lachaise Cementary in Paris, France

 

Here are some more beautiful cemeteries:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2016-10-21/these-are-the-12-most-beautiful-cemeteries-in-the-world

Have you been to one not mentioned, we would love to hear about it!!