St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

It’s been a while since we blogged! What better reason than to do our favorite – fun facts! St. Patrick’s day is not just about wearing green & shamrocks, there’s actually some interesting history behind this day filled with leprechauns and 4 leaf clovers. Here’s what we discovered!

St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17th because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17th in 461 AD. It’s used as a celebration of Irish culture & history

Did you know…

  • St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland AND a provincial holiday in Newfoundland & Labrador
  • St. Patrick’s actual color is blue, not green. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century.
  • The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland (gasp) It was in Boston in 1737, New York started their parades in 1762 – today almost 3 million people attend the parade
  • Shamrocks are worn on the lapel on St. Patrick’s Day
  • You wear green to avoid being pinched
  • For the grownups, The Irish believe if you float a shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it, you’ll have a prosperous year.
  • With all the Irish symbols you can think of, Lucky Charms cereal was created in 1963
  • 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry – that’s nine times the population of Ireland! 23% live in Boston!
  • 9 of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence were of Irish origin
  • In Chicago, the rivers are dyed green and in Seattle there is a ceremony where a green stripe is painted down the roads
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14
  • Legend says that each leaf on a clover represents hope, faith, love & luck
  • At one time, there were more Irish living in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland!
  • Irish don’t really eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day – that was an American invention
  • Over 41.5 billion pounds of beef are produced in American each year just for St. Patrick’s Day. 2.5 billion pounds of cabbage are produced each year
  • Over 8 million St. Patrick’s Day cards are exchanged each year – making it the 9th largest card selling occasion in the U.S.
  • Approximately 94 million people plan to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day – will you be one of them?
  • In 1903 Member of the Irish parliament, James O’Mara introduced a new billed that called to recognize St. Patrick’s Day as a religious observation meaning that most of the local pubs are closed for the day!  In 1970 this was overturned and was changed to just a regular national holiday, not a religious observance.
  • Finally, this is what could be the most interesting fact…. St. Patrick was actually Scottish and his name wasn’t even Patrick! According to the history we found, he was born Maewyn Succat. At age 16 he was kidnapped & sold into Irish slavery. Later he became a priest and took the name Patricius (or Patrick). He felt his calling was to bring Christianity & Ireland closer together

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Our wish to you, “May your blessings far out number the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you no matter where you go.”


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