As children, we all can remember when we would arrive to school and that one kid who saw you not wearing green would pinch you with the upmost pleasure. This is one of the most known traditions of St. Patrick’s day, and certainly one that can be irritating, to say the least. Here are some facts about the holiday that you may not have known!
People originally wore blue
It wasn’t until around the early 18th century that the color green actually took over as the primary color worn. People in Ireland began wearing shamrocks and green ribbons at first. It is said that St. Patrick himself used Shamrocks to explain the holy trinity in Christianity. Also, in many artworks of St. Patrick, it is shown that he is wearing blue clothing.
It is celebrated in Japan
Although it may seem strange that a country with no significant Irish roots would celebrate it, St. Patrick’s day has been part of Japan ever since 1992. The festivities can even last all throughout the month of March, much longer than the day in the United States.
If you walk into a local bar, there may be a chance that they will have a special green beer to celebrate the day. Some people may be grossed out by the prospect of this, but no worry, the bartenders just put green food coloring in whatever beer of their choice in order to make their Shamrock colored spirit.
Good luck finding a four leaf clover
The odds of finding a four leaf clover are actually pretty small. You have around a 1 in 10,000 chance in finding one. So keep in mind when you are attempting to find one with your child or grandchild in the field, you may be better off ordering one online. Trust me, it will save you disappointment, and time!
St. Patrick is not Irish
In fact, he was not even born in Ireland! He was born in Great Britain to Roman citizens. He was actually captured when he was sixteen years old to become a slave in Ireland. He was eventually able to return home to his family in Great Britain. He became a cleric and returned to Ireland and became a revered bishop to later become the patron saint of Ireland.