La Fheile Padraig (better known as St. Patrick’s Day in English), is traditionally celebrated on March 17 and is quickly approaching! Before donning your favorite green regalia, try testing your knowledge to see if you know any of these little known facts about St. Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick was born in England, not Ireland. He was not Irish and his birth name was Maewyn Succat.
When he was 16, Saint Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved by Irish Raiders. He escaped slavery when he followed the dream he said to have had where God told him to flee from his captors. He successfully escaped.
March 17th is the date that Saint Patrick died. The year was 461 AD.
The Catholic Church considers St. Patrick’s Day a feast day. As such, feast days cannot fall within a Holy Week. In 1940, the Catholic Church changed St. Patrick’s Day to April 3 to avoid it falling within a Holy Week. In 2008, St. Patrick’s Day was officially celebrated early on March 14, to avoid the same. This will not happen again until 2160.
Saint Patrick used the three leaf clover to explain the holy trinity and how there were three separate parts that all together was a whole.
You have a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding a four leaf clover. You also have a 1 in 10,000 of being struck by lightning at least once in your lifetime.
Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. Critics believe that the legend is not literal and represents the pagans that Saint Patrick converted to Christianity.
There are more Irish descendants in the United States than there are in Ireland. The potato famine drove many Irishman to America. In fact, 9 of the signors of the Declaration of Independence were of Irish descent.
The first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade was in Boston in 1737, not Ireland.
Erin Go Braugh!