Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, B.C. Photo by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun
Written by Nila Gopaul. Originally posted to The Westcoast Reader, March 2015
St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday.
On this day, people celebrate
the life of St. Patrick.
St. Patrick was born in the year 387.
He brought Christianity to Ireland.
Experts believe St. Patrick
died on March 17, 461.
So this is the day the holiday is observed. Watch Irish dancing and listen to Irish language on the next page.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: 😂.
This is the first time Oxford chose a pictograph
as the Word of the Year.
The ‘Face with Tears of Joy’
is the name of the emoji.
In 2015, this emoji was used
more than other emoji
in the U.K and in the U.S.
The word emoji comes from Japanese e (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”).
The father of the emoji
was Shigetaka Kurita from Japan.
Kurita gave the world a gift.
He designed the first emoji for cellphones.
In 1999, he made 180 symbols in one month.