St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts

St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, is just right around the corner. Here are some fun facts to get you in the mood for this celebration:

 

1.St. Patrick's day should not be celebrate in green, but rather blue. The green color comes from Irish independence in the 1700s. So wear a light shade of blue, not green!

2. St. Patricks wasn't Irish, but actually was British. He was born in the fourth century to Welsh parents in 387. 

3. St. Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland in 432.

4. The association of the shamrock to St. Patrick's day is that it stands for the Holy Trinity, or God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

5. Corned beef and cabbage is the common meal on St. Patrick's Day.Yum!

6. St. Patrick's real name was actually Maewyn Succat, but changed it to Patricius when he became a priest. So, happy St. Maewyn Succat Day everyone!

7. There are no female lepruchans in Irish tradition.

8. St. Patrick died on St. Patrick's Day, or March 17th. A death party? A little strange in my opinon. 

9. St. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirate at the age of 16, and was a slave in Ireland herding sheep. He managed to escape back to England though where he attended a monastery for 12 years. 

10. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 in 10,000. Happy hunting!

11. The first St. Patrick's Day celebration was actually in Boston on March 18, 1737.

12. The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in Ireland was not until 1931 in Dublin.

13. 25 pounds of green dye are dumped into the river in Chicago every year to celebrate.

14. St. Patrick is Ireland's patron saint.

15. There are 7 times more people of Irish ancenstry living in the United States than in Ireland today.

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! And a big Happy Birthday shout-out to my friend, Jolie Brakey!