Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

World landmarks bathed in green to mark St Patrick's Day

This year, in celebration of St Patrick's Day, more than 40 international landmarks are being lit in green.

Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza, Egypt, which have been lit green  for   St. Patrick's Day.
Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza, Egypt, which have been lit green for St. Patrick's Day.
The EDF London Eye - lit green  for  St. Patrick's Day 2013
The EDF London Eye - lit green for St. Patrick's Day 2013
EDITORIAL USE ONLY: HMS Belfast  lit green for St Patrick's Day 2013
EDITORIAL USE ONLY: HMS Belfast lit green for St Patrick's Day 2013

From the pyramids and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the Sydney Opera House and South Africa's Table Mountain: some of the most recognised man-made and geographical attractions will join a host of British landmarks to "go green".

In the UK, the London Eye, HMS Belfast, Selfridges department store and Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium will all turn a four-leaf-clover shade of green as part of the celebrations.

Other landmarks around the world will adopt what the Irish tourist board calls "global greening", including the Burj tower in Dubai, Niagara Falls, and the entire Costa Blanca town of Moraira.

In Dublin, up to 8,000 visitors from around the world marched in a "people's parade". The IrishTaoiseach, Enda Kenny, meanwhile, joined a procession through New York. Mr Kenny and President Barack Obama are scheduled to meet at the White House on Tuesday for a traditional exchange of shamrocks.

The newly elected Pope Francis sent a message to the people of Ireland to mark the day, greeting Michael D Higgins, the Irish President, and commending the nation "to the powerful intercession of St Patrick".

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