St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on March 17th. It particularly remembers one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. People wear an item of green clothing and Irish food and drinks are dyed in green food color as a part of celebration. Our Mashbox team prepared for you 10 interesting facts about this day 🙂
1) St. Patrick was not Irish, he was actually from Wales.
2) The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s.
3) For many years, blue was the color most often associated with St. Patrick.
4) The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
5) In Chicago every year, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river “Kelly” green. The dye lasts for about five hours.
6) For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, so it was a completely dry holiday.
7) According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat, but he changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest.
8) On an average day, 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world. That number more then doubles on St. Patrick’s Day, with more than 13 million pints.
9) In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no female leprechauns, only nattily attired little guys.
10) The shamrock is actually not the national symbol of Ireland. The harp is.
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