Tourism Ireland have released a list of the strangest things that are being lit up green for St Patrick’s Day.
Perhaps the quirkiest is the Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350 which lit up a number of its planes to join in the global celebration of St Patrick on Ireland’s national day.
Addis Ababa is far from well known as a hub of Irish emigrants but a number of the global icons going green are located in countries with little in the way of Irish diaspora.
To the south in Kenya statues of a mother rhino and her baby in Nairobi National Park are also set to go green.
And it isn’t just in Kenya that sculptures of animals will be honoring St Patrick. Down Under, three of Australia’s famous “big things” will be emblazoned with green; statues of The Big Banana, The Big Kangaroo and The Big Tasmanian Devil.
At the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto a life sized reconstruction of a futalognkosaurus (from the titanosaurs family) skeleton will also join the global greening.
Also in Canada, a 30 foot replica of Canada’s five cent coin, dubbed the Big Nickel will be turned green to mark the occasion.
The world’s largest fiddle - Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh - on Cape Breton in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia is also going to be lit up.
Closer to home, a troupe of “greened” Irish dancers are set to entertain London commuters on their way into work this Friday.
In Scotland, statues of the Kelpies (horses heads) are due to join the fun, as is an Irish-Finnish ice fishing championship due to be held this week in Tampere, Finland.
The Global Greening initiative, now in its eighth year running, was set up by the Irish Government to encourage major landmarks across the world to get lit up in green. The aim being to encourage greater awareness of Ireland’s national day, thus promoting the country as a place to do business in and visit.