9 Saint Patrick's Day Facts!
We all look forward to St. Patty’s weekend because it is an excuse to make great memories with our friends, but how much do we really know about this beloved holiday? Here are some fun facts to share with your friends!
Who is Saint Patrick? He was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland who passed away on March 17th.
Saint Patrick actually wasn’t even Irish! He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family. According to his autobiography, he was captured by Irish pirates.
Saint Patrick, according to legend, drove all the snakes away from Ireland. However, scholars suggest that the term "snakes" may be figurative and refer to religious beliefs and practices rather than reptiles or amphibians.
Why do we celebrate him? St. Patrick’s Day is to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
The first time St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in America was in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.
What’s with the shamrocks? Saint Patrick is said to have used shamrocks as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. It’s also the Irish national flower. The four leaf clover is a rare mutation of this shamrock - there are about 10,000 worldwide.
Saint Patrick’s color was actually blue! When Ireland’s symbol of nationalism became the clover, people began to wear green, thus resulting in a change of color representing the holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day is truly a national holiday in Ireland. Everyone gets the following Monday off to recover from festivities.
Chicago dumps 40 tons of dye into the river to turn it green! The first time that this occurred was in 1962. The reasoning behind this is it was initially for cleansing purposes - city crews began putting a special green dye into the sewage system to trace the origin of discharged water—anywhere the river turned green, someone was dumping waste illegally. However, it is now for the celebration.
Now that you are caught up on facts about St. Patrick’s Day, keep your glass full and wow your friends this weekend!