Are you wearing green? Do you want to know why we wear green today?
It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and it’s believed that he died on this day in the year 461 AD.
It’s also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history, a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
So, to celebrate, here are some little known St Patrick’s Day facts…
1) Chicago has been dying it’s river green for 59 years!
2) St Patrick was actually believed to be British. He was kidnapped as a young boy and sent to Ireland as a slave to tend sheep.
3) The shamrock came about as St Patrick apparently used it to explain the holy trinity to the Irish.
4) By Irish Law, it was a dry holiday from 1903 to 1970 and pubs were ordered to be closed for the day…no green beer for the Irish back then!
5) St Patrick’s Day really became a big holiday in America by the Irish-Americans to honor the saint but also to confirm ethnic identity and to create bonds of solidarity. Which explains why,
6) The very first St Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland, it was in Boston in 1737!
7) The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. In Irish legends, green was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow. And,
8) Unfortunately, your chances of finding a four leaf clover are 1 in 10,000!
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