Irish communities all over the world will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day come 17th March, with many cities holding parades and parties. So, we thought we’d have a little celebration of our own and provide 10 amazing facts about the annual holiday.
1. St Patrick
Whilst Saint Patrick might be the patron saint of Ireland, he wasn’t born in the country. He was born to wealthy parents from England. He was kidnapped at 16 years old and brought to Ireland.
Green is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day as the colour is used to commemorate the patron’s use of the shamrock. He used the shamrock when preaching as a symbol of the holy trinity.
3. The Toast
There is a popular toast you can make on St. Patrick’s Day: may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.
4. The First Celebration
You probably think St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Ireland, right? You’d be wrong. It was actually first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.
Chicago dye their river green for a few hours every year to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
6. St Patrick’s Death
Why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17th March every year? It’s because it’s the date the patron saint of Ireland died. Surely we should celebrate his birth?
7. The Myth
Many people honour St. Patrick’s Day every year because he reportedly performed a miracle by driving all the snakes out of Ireland. The thing is, there’s no evidence of an outbreak of snakes in the country.
8. The Symbol
What’s the first Irish symbol you can think of? We bet the shamrock comes to mind. You’ll probably be shocked to learn that the harp is actually the official symbol of the Emerald Isle, which is why Guinness use it on their logo.
Nearly everyone raises a glass to good old St. Patrick on the 17th March, despite the fact it’s the last thing he’d want you to do. He once chastised an innkeeper for serving a short measure of a whiskey on his feast day, and so ordered everyone to drop the drink.
10. Good Luck
It’s considered good luck to find a four leaf clover on St Patrick’s Day. You’ll really need good luck though as the odds of finding one is 1 in 10,000.