10 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

  1. St. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish. He was born in Britain, and was captured by Irish pirates and brought to Ireland as a slave.
  2. The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue, not green. The shift to green happened in the 17th century, when green became associated with Irish nationalism.
  3. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, but it’s also celebrated in many other countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, and Australia.
  4. Chicago has a unique way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day: every year, they dye the Chicago River green!
  5. St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking day in the United States, after New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and the Fourth of July.
  6. St. Patrick’s Day parades are held all over the world, but the largest one is in New York City, where more than 2 million people come to watch the parade.
  7. St. Patrick’s Day is also known as the Feast of St. Patrick, and it is traditionally a day of feasting and celebrating.
  8. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish in the United States, but it’s not actually a traditional Irish dish. In Ireland, they typically eat bacon and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.
  9. St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people.
  10. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland, but in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.

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