Archive for March, 2013

Mar 14 2013

The History behind St. Patrick’s Day and its significance in the United States

St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17 every year and is observed in remembrance of Ireland’s revered patron’s saint.

There is a bit of entertaining history behind St. Patrick’s life. As a teenager, he was kidnapped from his home in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland. He went through several hardships for 6 years before finally running away from his captors and returning back to his family.

He grew up to become a respected cleric and returned to Ireland as a Bishop. St. Patrick’s devotion for the betterment of the Irish poor made him immensely popular in Ireland and a force to reckon with in Irish culture.

St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in America, thanks to the huge presence of Irish-Americans. Though there is no federal holiday to mark the occasion, several Americans host Irish-themed parties that serve alcoholic drinks and food. Street parades are held in the following American cities: Pittsburgh, Denver, New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Several companies join in the celebrations by giving away St. Patrick’s Day themed giveaways. If you haven’t associated your business with this fun-filled day yet, then it is time you did! Head over to Promo Direct for some exciting giveaways to highlight your brand.

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Mar 05 2013

March 8, 2013: Celebrating Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 to celebrate the role played by women in society. This special day gives us the opportunity to appreciate women not just from America but across the world. Whether its women from the past or present, they deserve to be valued for their roles in business, the society or simply as mothers, wives and daughters.

The Socialist Party of America is credited with observing the world’s first ever Women’s Day way back on February 28, 1909. Even though this event was only celebrated nationally in America, it inspired the Europeans to think along the same lines in support of women.

On March 18, 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time ever by more than a million people from Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Numerous parades and demonstrations were carried out to offer solidarity to women across the world.

March 8 was proclaimed as International Women’s Day in 1977 by the UN. Over the years, this day has been used to highlight the plight of suffering women around the world. The 2013 theme is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum”.

How do you plan to show your support for this special occasion? You could show the women you are associated with that you care by giving away quality giveaways. Whether its employees in the office or the clients you deal with, they will appreciate your thoughtful gifts.

Wish you all a good International Women’s Day from all of us at Promo Direct!

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