Did you know these facts about the Irish celebration?
While most American children know that St. Patrick’s Day is the day to wear green and adults enjoy odd-looking green beer, few people know what they are celebrating or why the holiday is so important!
The following 10 facts may help you to better enjoy this popular holiday!
- March 17th is when Patrick died
Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church and his holy day is the day of his death, and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth.
- Patrick wasn’t Irish
Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe.
- Patrick wore blue
The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue, but because the Saint preached about the Holy Trinity through the symbol of the shamrock, and Irish are associated with green, it became the most common color connected with him.
- 100 lbs. of green dye was poured into the Chicago River in honor of St. Patrick’s Day
In 1961! The Chicago River stayed green for a full week.
- The shamrock was originally a teaching tool
Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
- Guinness sales soar on St. Patrick’s Day
Recent figures show that 5.5 million pints of the black stuff are downed around the world every day. On St. Patrick’s Day, that figure is doubled!
- The first parade was in the United States
The first parade took place on March 17, 1762 when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- The earliest known leprechaun…
Appears in the medieval tale known as the Adventure of Fergus so on Léti. Before the 20th century, the leprechaun wore red, not green. Modern depictions are often based on stereotypes of the Irish.
- “Downing the Shamrock”
This phrase is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of the whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that doing so means that you’ll have a prosperous year.
- Most Catholics attend mass in the morning then attend a St. Patrick’s parade.
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