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Saint Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is named after Saint Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland (even though he wasn’t Irish, nor born in Ireland).

It is believed that Patrick died on March 17 in the year 461 A.D., and therefore the widely-held cultural and religious holiday and festival is celebrated on that day.

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Interesting St. Patty’s Day facts:

  • Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue, but green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century.
  • In 1903, Saint Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland.
  • The first Irish St. Patrick’s Festival was held on 17 March 1996.
  • St. Patrick's Day Chicago Green RiverIn Chicago, on St. Patrick’s Day, the rivers are dyed green with a secret recipe.
  • St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the “snakes” are symbolic of the pagans that he converted to Christianity.
  • The very first Saint Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737. On March 12, 1955 the first Chicaco St. Patrick’s Day parade was held.
  • Many bars in the United States, and abroad, serve green beer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
  • More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States.
  • At the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, between 150,000 and 250,000 marchers take part.
  • Legend has it St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, by showing an unbeliever the three-leafed plant with one stalk.

Even if you’re not Irish, everyone needs their luck – so don’t forget to order your St. Patrick’s Day rose early!


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