St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really been sure why we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, or why people pinch me every year when I forget to wear a green shirt. So I did a little research & compiled a wee bit {I couldn’t help myself} of information for you on today’s holiday. Enjoy!

fun facts st patricks day
-St. Patrick is known for bringing Christianity to the country of Ireland. He lived from AD 387-461 & died on March 17th.

-While St. Patrick’s Day began {&was celebrated for many years} as a religious holiday, over the last several hundred years it has become more of a celebration of general Irish-ness.

-“St. Patrick’s Feast Day” was celebrated in Europe as early as the 9th century, &St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in North America since the late 18th century.

-St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.

-The original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue. This didn’t change until the 19th century. However, green ribbons & shamrocks were worn as early as the 17th century.

-There are believed to be about 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every one four-leaf clover.

-St. Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903.

-Research predicts that Americans will spend about $4.5 billion this St. Patrick’s Day- on beer alone. {Not sure how much of that includes the famous green beer!}
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-Pinching people who are not wearing green came from the Irish legend that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns, who would supposedly pinch you if they could see you.

-The first St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t in Ireland, but rather in Boston in 1737.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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