Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While everyone is celebrating in their own way, we thought we would share the top 10 secrets about the holiday.
1) St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was born in Britain and spent most of his life preaching in Ireland.
2) Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick did not use a three-leafed clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. The clover is actually a pagan symbol that was adopted by Christians.
3) The color green is not associated with St. Patrick’s Day until the late nineteenth century. In fact, blue was originally the color associated with the holiday because St. Patrick used a blue cross on his flag.
4) The shamrock is not the only plant that is associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday is also celebrated with the daffodil, the national flower of Ireland.
5) The first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred in 1762 in New York City.
6) The Chicago River is dyed green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.
7) Approximately 33 million people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
8) Green beer is not a traditional Irish drink. However, Bailey’s Irish Cream is a popular Irish drink that is often served on St. Patrick’s Day.
9) The leprechaun is not a real creature. He is a mythical figure who represents luck and mischief.
10) St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because that is the day that St. Patrick died.
11) St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, Montserrat, and the Bahamas.
12) In addition to green, other colors associated with St. Patrick’s Day include white and orange.
13) The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin is the world’s largest parade of its kind.
14) Some people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by eating corned beef and cabbage. This is not a traditional Irish dish, but it is popular in America.
15) The phrase “wearin’ of the green” refers to the tradition of wearing green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day.
16) March 17th is also celebrated as World Poetry Day and International Francophonie Day.
17) St. Patrick’s Day is a secular holiday, which means that it is not officially recognized by the Catholic Church.
18) In Australia, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage.
19) The shamrock is not just a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. It is also the national symbol of Ireland.
20) Some people believe that if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold. However, this is just a myth!
We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day! Be sure to celebrate safely and responsibly this year! Sláinte!