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St.Patrick’s Day, a Roman Catholic feast day meant to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland who passed away on March 17, 461, takes place on March 17th every year. Something that may surprise you is that St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, but he is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

Patrick was born under the name Maewyn in Roman Britain, and was kidnapped and sold into slavery when he was young, which was how he got to Ireland. He eventually escaped to a monastery in what is now France and became a Christian. In 432, he returned to Ireland as missionary and confronted the Druids at Tara, abolishing their pagan rites and spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. After his death, he was made a bishop and named the patron saint of Ireland.

While St. Patrick’s Day was traditionally a religious affair that removed the Lent restrictions on eating meat and was celebrating with food, drink, and dancing, and has been celebrated in Ireland since the ninth or tenth century. According to the legend of St. Patrick, he used a three-leaf clover (also known as a shamrock) to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland.

It became closer to the modern parades and parties that are associated with it once it started being celebrated in the United States by Irish immigrants. In the 1760s, Irish soldiers in New York who were serving in the English military held the first known St. Patrick’s Day parades as a means of reconnecting with their roots and with other Irishmen in the American colonies.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world, especially in the US, Canada, and Australia. You can even find a St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin now that has over one million attendees every year! It includes parades, concerts, theater productions, and even fireworks displays.

While US citizens do not need a visa to go to Ireland and will instead need a visa waiver called an ESTA, you will still need a passport. We can help you with that. Give Texas Tower Houston a call 713-874-1420 today and let us know what we can do to help you with your US passport needs. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s International Women’s Day! Ghana has been home to many inspiring and prominent women, from painters, poets, and activists, to engineers, business owners, and athletes. In order to celebrate the contributions and hard work of women all around the world, let’s have a look at some great women from Ghana, a beautiful country and a great place to start if you’ve ever considered traveling to Africa.

Farida Bedwei

Farida Bedwei (b. 1979), who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 1, didn’t let that stop her from achieving her goals. Her determination and know-how has led the software engineer to become co-founder of Logiciel, a cloud software service that hundreds of African microfinance companies rely on for their businesses to function.

Esther Afua Ocloo

Esther Afua Ocloo (1919-2002), an attendee of the very first UN World Conference on Women in 1975, was an entrepreneur with humble beginnings, selling fruit juices and marmalade. From there she eventually climbed her way to a position operating a bank tailored to aiding low-income women. She was also chairman of the board of directors of Women’s World Banking, and came to the aid of millions of women looking to start businesses and bring prosperity to their communities.

Theodosia Okoh

Theodosia Salome Abena Kumea Okoh (1922-2015) is most well known as the designer of the beautiful national flag of Ghana in 1957, which served as inspiration for the designs of many other African nations’ flags. This extremely skilled and talented woman was not just a multidisciplinary artist, she was also a teacher, writer, and athlete, who played a pivotal role in the development of hockey in Ghana. She was also given an official Grand Medal by the state for her myriad achievements in service to her country. Upon her passing, Ghanaian flags were flown at half mast for three days.

Ama Ata Aidoo

A celebrated writer, playwright, and poet, Ama Ata Aidoo is an illustrious African writer who serves as inspiration for other African authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Lola Shoneyin. Her writing is lush with detail that brings color and life to her work in a way no one else can replicate. She is also known for the support group she created for African women writers, Mbaasem, and has the first West African creative writing center named after her.

Efua Sutherland

Efua Sutherland (1924-1996) is a prominent Ghanaian author and playwright who wrote in both English and Akan. She was also involved in radio broadcasting, creative direction, and teaching, who contributed greatly to the development of literary and dramatic arts in Ghana. Her efforts in academia and government gave birth to drama studios, writer’s societies, a community story house project known as the Kodzidan, and Afram Publications. Her work allowed for the teaching of African theater at the university level.

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