Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, B.C.
Photo by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

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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.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Adapted from CBC News by Nila Gopaul

Paul Soles is an actor.
He is from Toronto, Canada.
He was the voice of the elf
in the TV show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Fifty-one years later,
Paul Soles still smiles and remembers
the classic show.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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The Word of the Year

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.

How well do you know your emoji names?
Take the quiz here.

Read our Words of the Year stories.
Read about the Word of the Year in 2014 – vape.
Read about the Word of the Year in 2013 – selfie.