10 Fun St. Patrick's Day Facts

Clover Pinch Proof St. Patrick's Day

Whew another year of chocolate hearts and candy can be put behind us. I love Valentine's Day , but one can only take so much of the mushiness and creepy, flying, love arrow shootin cupid....

So now it's time for some St. Patrick's Day fun facts. To be honest while researching these I learned a few things. Maybe you will too.

  • St. Patrick's Day is usually celebrated on 03/17. It is said that this day was chosen because it marks the death of St. Patrick. Whom was the Patron Saint & National Apostle of Ireland. 
  • St. Patrick was born in Britain as Maewyn Succat in the late 4th century. He was kidnapped by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland where he was forced to work herding sheep. He escaped after 6 years and hitchhiked on another ship back to Britain. During this time is when he found Christianity. This sounds horrible for him. I sure am glad that he was able to talk that other ship into letting him hitch a ride back to Britain. 
  • The 3 leaf clover is said to have been what St. Patrick used to teach the Holy Trinity. The leaves are said to represent Faith, Love and Luck. This gives a whole new meaning to the 3 leaf shamrock for me. I think I will always look at them differently from now on.
  • Green hasn't always been the color of St. Patrick's Day. In fact in the beginning it was blue. It switched to green later on in reference to Ireland's nickname of the " Green Isle". I did not know this one. I personally am glad that it was switched to green. How about you?
  • St. Patrick's Day is the traditional day to plant Peas and cabbage. Even in the snow it is still the day to plant these. 
  • St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday in Ireland. With the banks closed and schools out. Here in the U.S. we just use it as a day to drink beer and pinch others for not wearing green.
  • Guiness is the #1 consumed beer on St. Patrick's Day. And as you can guess the shamrock shake is the most popular milkshake for St. Patrick's Day.
  • A lot of people relate the 3 leaf shamrock to the 4 leaf clover. Which are totally different. The odds of finding a 4 leaf clover are 1 in 10,000. The 4 leaf clover is said to have been regarded by the Celts as a charm to protect against evil spirits. I have never had any luck finding a 4 leaf clover. Have you? 
  • 34.7 million U.S. residents have Irish ancestory. That is more than 7 times the whole population of Ireland. WOW, that's a lot of Irish ancestory here. 
  • Chicago dyes the river green for a few hours in observance of St. Patrick's Day. Wow i bet that is really beautiful!!

I hope you guys learned a thing or two about St. Patrick's Day. I know I did.