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17 Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Try and remember these so you have something to talk about when you are shamrock-faced on Sunday.

  • St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.
  • But before it became a national holiday in 1970, it was a religious holiday in Ireland – and it was dry, because all of the pubs were mandated to be closed.
  • It’s also a national holiday in Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Caribbean island of Montserrat.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737. I’m pretty sure it was a pah-raid.
  • Shocker: Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day. An estimate in 2012 of the total amount spent on beer for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations was $245 million. 
  • The first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day was in 1962.
  • There are approximately 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry – more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
  • The real St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in England.
  • And his real name was Maewyn Succat – he changed it to Patrick when he became a bishop.
  • And he’s not actually a saint – he never got canonized by a pope. What a fraud.
  • Also, March 17th is the date of his death, not his birth. WTF.
  • “Erin go Bragh” roughly translates to “Ireland Forever.” 
  • Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
  • Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover (which is NOT a shamrock) are about 1 in 10,000.
  • It is said that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
  • Speaking of luck: the color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue and green was considered unlucky. Another thing we Americans caused was it being changed to green, which happened when Irish immigrants in the U.S. and began wearing green to show their Irish pride.
  • There are no female leprechauns.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, you heathens.

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