Category Archives: Holidays

July 4th

Last night's fireworks.

Did you know? The first fireworks were actually green bamboo, used by the Chinese to ward away evil spirits, explains a video by The Middletown Press.  And while we like our light and color shows, the Chinese preferred loud noises (source, About.com). Most recently, these brilliant displays are lighting up the sky in celebration of America’s independence. Yea America!

Fourth of July hasn’t even actually rolled around yet, and already I’m having an awesome weekend. Last night, my hometown put on a great display of fireworks. A group of friends and I met up early, found a spot to put our blankets, and enjoyed some pizza while we waited for it to grow dark. Finally– at about 9:30, my town and the neighboring town began their shows. To the right was my town, Shelton, and to the left was the neighboring town, Derby. For those that aren’t familiar with the area, the two places have a longstanding “competition” where they try to out-do one another. I was growing nervous because Derby was off to a beautiful start, but Shelton really kicked into gear halfway through. And beating Derby wasn’t enough…we just HAD to shoot off a second finale and late fireworks for the final say ;)


But fun competitions aside, it was an enjoyable evening. The weekend is just beginning…for there will be more family and friend time, grilling, parties, and  more fireworks to come!

I’d also like to wish my mother  a happy birthday today :)

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Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

The luck of the Irish? I found this four leaf clover last summer.

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, I took a little time this morning to learn about the Irish culture…  well sort of.  I’m far from an expert on Irish culture, but here are some tidbits of Ireland I came across this morning:

  • I got a 50 on the National Geographic Ireland quiz…but now I know a little trivia on Ireland’s geography, folklore culture, and tourism. Take the Ireland Quiz.
  • Want to learn how to speak with an Irish accent? Watch this VERY informative (ok, not at all, but very random and funny) video:
  • One of my favorite poets is Irish poet W.B. Yeats. I am also a huge fan of Irish author James Joyce, especially of his novel Ulysses… and while it is a very, very difficult read… I think he is a  genius.
  • Finally, here is some beautiful Celtic music in concert:

I know that’s only a very brief list of some things Irish…. (And since I’m not legal in America, I won’t talk about beer…). If you have any cool Irish links or facts, comment with them here! :)

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