Learn more about this holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend! If you are like more Americans, then you probably associate this holiday with green beer and corned beef and cabbage. But have you ever been curious to learn more about this ubiquitous holiday? Then here are some interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts to enjoy.
- Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland. On March 17th, many banks, stores, and business will close throughout the country.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States took place in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1737.
- While we associate St. Paddy’s Day with the color green, the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. The color changed to coincide with Ireland’s nickname, “The Emerald Isle.”
- Each leaf on a four-leaf clover has a special meaning: hope, faith, love, and luck.
- 1962 was when the city of Chicago began its St. Patrick’s Day tradition of dying their river green.
- In the U.S., there are 34.7 million residents of Irish ancestry. This is more than 7 times the population of Ireland itself.
- Patrick wasn’t actually Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to a wealthy Christian family.
- Patrick was never officially canonized by a pope. This does make his saintly status slightly questionable.
- The odds of finding a real four-leaf clover is about 1 in 10,000.
- The most popular beverage on St. Patrick’s Day is (unsurprisingly) beer.
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