And, St. Patrick’s Day is here. It’s the day of the year where everyone gets… green with celebration? We know that this March holiday brings along its own traditions, like the shamrock and the green outfits, but there are a lot of things about St. Patrick’s day you may not have known.
This holiday is celebrated by a lot of people in the US, as 12% of Americans claim Irish ancestry, and over 80 million people worldwide do so as well.
Here are some facts you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day
1. St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was Welsh
2. Originally, the three-leaved shamrock was used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish
3. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s.
4. Believe it or not, the color most often associated with St. Patrick was blue.
Green was considered to be unlucky. The blue was considered a symbol of Ireland, and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.
5. Dripsey in Country Cork had the shortest parade for many years.
It was 77 feet, or the distance between The Weigh Inn and The Lee Valley. Nowadays, the town of Hot Springs in Arizona is claimed to have the shortest parade, a 98 ft route on Bridge Street.
6. In 2010, it was the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Day in Australia
It was first marked in 1810 when the then governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie provided entertainment for Irish convict workers. To celebrate the occasion, the Sydney Opera House went green.
7. In Chicago every year, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river “Kelly” green. The dye lasts for about five hours.
8. Every year, it is tradition for the Irish leader to hand a crystal bowl filled with shamrocks to the US president.
After the exchange, the shamrock grown in Kerry is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service.
9. Guinness sales absolutely soar on St. Patrick’s Day
Recent figures have shown that 5.5 million pints of Guinness are sold every day. On the green holiday, this number is doubled.