Photo Credit: BBC News Table Mountain Joins "Global Greening" Line up for Saint Patrick's Day 2014 For the fourth consecutive year Table Mountain will join the ever-expanding line up of global icons to be ‘greened’ for Ireland’s National Day, St Patrick’s Day, on 17th March. Since Tourism Ireland introduced its ‘global greening’ initiative in 2009, starting off with the Sydney Opera House, it has signed up a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world. Sites include the Pyramids of Giza, Petra in Jordan, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and the London Eye…to name but a few. In a great gesture of friendship from the respective governments, these sites are happily and enthusiastically turned green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the millions of Irish diaspora scattered around the world. Ireland is the one of very few countries whose National Day is celebrated worldwide. This is due mainly to the number of people around the world who claim Irish descent, particularly in the USA and Australia. The Irish are also associated with pubs, humour and merrymaking which every nation can relate to. Referring to the greening of Table Mountain, Gail Gilbert of Tourism Ireland points out that Ireland has always been close to the hearts of South Africans. “Nelson Mandela received the Freedom of the City of Dublin, an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Galway…all gestures of solidarity and support for his ideals.” she says.
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