Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Across the World
To view more photos and videos from St. Patrick’s day celebrations, browse the #stpatricksday hashtag on Instagram.
Green-clad, shamrock-decorated and probably drinking a pint of Guinness, people of Irish descent across the world will take to the streets and pubs to celebrate Irish heritage for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday. The first Feast of St. Patrick honored the 5th-century patron saint of Ireland and the arrival of Christianity in the 1600s. Restrictions on eating and drinking for lent are lifted on this day, adding to the merry St. Paddy’s Day atmosphere. This year Ireland also celebrates winning the Six Nations rugby title, after defeating France on Saturday. A public holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland, March 17 is also widely celebrated across the world by enthusiastic expats.
Armed pro-Russian activists occupying the police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk carry riot shields on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Pro-Moscow protesters have seized a number of government buildings in the east over the past week, undermining the authority of the interim government in the capital, Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky
Celebrating Zoo Lover’s Day
To view more photos and videos of Zoo Lover’s Day, browse the #zoolovers hashtag on Instagram.
Happy Zoo Lover’s Day! Since the London Zoological Gardens were established in 1828, zoos have been a place to marvel at some of the most fascinating wild animals in the world, all in one place. Many zoos, however, have developed broader and more ambitious goals around education and conservation, engaging visitors in deeper ways with the issues that animals and their habitats may face in the wild.
Interested in learning more about zoos through the day-to-day lives of the animals they care for? Be sure to follow these zoos on Instagram:
- Smithsonian National Zoologial Park, Washington D.C. - @smithsonianzoo
- San Diego Zoo in California - @sandiegozoo
- Twycross Zoo in England - @twycrosszoo
- Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma - @tulsazoo
- Minnesota Zoo - @mnzoo
- Berlin Zoo in Germany - @zooberlin
- San Francisco Zoo in California - @sanfranciscozoo
- Woodland Park Zoo in Washington - @woodlandparkzoo
- Bronx Zoo in New York - @bronxzoo