Fun facts to complete your St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
Known for the day of wearing green and downing pints of Guinness, few Americans understand the history behind the Irish St. Patrick’s Day.
To prepare you for March 17th, here’s a list of lesser-known facts about St. Paddy’s Day!
- 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 was British.
Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.
- 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.
- There’s a reason for the shamrocks.
According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
- It used to be a dry holiday.
Even though Guinness beer sales more than double on St. Patrick’s Day, for most of the 20th century, the day was a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17th. In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing!
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