Did you know these quirky facts about the Irish 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 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.
- 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!
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