We all love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but where did these traditions come from?
I’ve picked some of the most interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts and tidbits for you to share in your party conversations!
March 17th is when Patrick died.
The real St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family.
St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.
Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue. Wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn as early as the 17th century.
Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
From 1903 to 1970 St. Patrick's Day was declared a religious observance day for the entire country meaning all pubs were shut down. That meant no beer, not even the green kind! The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick's Day was reclassified as a national holiday - allowing the taps to flow freely once again.
Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day.
Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in an Irish village. It lasts only 100 yards, between the village’s two pubs.
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston (1737).
1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day.
There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
There isn’t any corn in the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage. The name is a reference to the large grains of salt historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.”
On or around St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, presents the U.S. president with a crystal bowl of live shamrocks as a symbol of the close ties between the two countries.
March 20th, three days after St. Patrick's Day, is the first day of Spring and the the best time of the year to list a house for sale.
Now start searching for that green Shamrock shirt and scanning Pinterest for (easy) Corned Beef recipes because St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner!
Author:Janene Johnson Phone: 970-531-2284 Dated: March 13th 2019 Views: 559 About Janene: Raised on the east coast, Janene moved to Colorado after falling in love with the area while here on...
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