Most people know that St. Patrick’s Day is held annually on March 17th and that St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. But most people don’t know that the original color of St. Patrick is blue. Do you want to impress your friends on St. Patrick’s Day with little-known trivia? Then continue reading!
- The actual color of St. Patrick’s Day is blue. Green only became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. In Irish legends, the color green was worn only by fairies and immortals and by people wanting their crops to grow successfully. It is also believed that the shift from blue to green occurred because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag, and the shamrock. Also, green ribbons and clovers were worn by Irish soldiers as early as the 17th century. In fact, Irish soldiers worse full green uniforms on March 17 to make some sort of political statement. Irish legend also says that wearing green makes a person invisible to leprechauns who pinch anyone who sees them.
- St. Patrick’s Day is observed annually on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is also believed that St. Patrick die on March 17th in the year 461 AD.
- St. Patrick did not actually drive any snakes out of Ireland. The snakes are symbolic and represent the pagans who St. Patrick converted to Christianity.
- The original St. Patrick’s Day celebration was not held in Ireland. It was actually held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737.
- The phrase “drowning the shamrock” stems from an Irish custom of floating a shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that by doing this they will have a prosperous year.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was also not held in Ireland. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in this parade. The parade helped the Irish soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots an fellow Irishmen also serving in the English military.
- The real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. St. Patrick was born in Britain around 390 AD. Despite being born to a rich Catholic family, St. Patrick did not show any interest in Christianity until he was an adult.