Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
- St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
- St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity.
- The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
- The phrase, “Drowning The Shamrock” is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.
- One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
- The average amount American St. Patrick’s Day revelers will spend this holiday is $36.52 per person, totaling a combined $4.6 billion, according to a report by the National Retail Federation. (Source)
What’s your Leprechaun name?
Are you going out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? I’ve never really celebrated. I don’t think St. Patrick’s Day is as popular in the south.
Do you cook any traditional foods to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
Are you wearing green? Yes!
What was your leprechaun name? Jolly O’Goofy!