Most people just think of St. Patrick’s Day as another excuse to party and drink green beer. Nowadays, everyone goes around wearing green and getting drunk whether they are Irish or not. However, there is quite a bit of history behind this holiday. This year, let’s take a step back and really learn what St. Patrick’s Day is all about and where it came from. Here are some fun facts and trivia about this Irish holiday:
According to the National Geographic News, St. Patrick’s Day marks the Roman Catholic feast day for Ireland’s patron saint, who died in the 5th century. St. Patrick was actually not born in Ireland but was born in Britain and was kidnapped at age 16 and taken to Ireland. According to the Huffington Post, St. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat. After he escaped from slavery, he returned to his parents’ home in Britain and he decided that he wanted to preach to the Irish people. He spread Christianity in Ireland for about 30 years. According to Live Science, St. Patrick had a dream of converting all of Ireland to Christianity. Patrick was also known for banishing dangerous animals from Ireland, particularly snakes. However, many believe this is simply a myth.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were not always about getting drunk and partying all day, it was originally celebrated as a religious festival. But now that it has become somewhat of a national drinking holiday, an estimated 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed every St. Patrick’s Day. That’s not including every other brand of beer and liquor that is consumed on this holiday. Another interesting fact is that there are nearly 8 times as many Americans of the Irish origin than there are of all the Irish in Ireland.
When walking around on St. Patrick’s Day, you will see tons of people wearing lots of green; green shirts, green hats, green shoes, green ribbons, etc. Well, wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day has not always been the tradition. Originally, the color associated with the holiday was blue. People believe that it turned to green because of Ireland’s nickname, “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag, and the clover. So while you’re out this St. Patrick’s Day wearing your green and drinking your green beer, bring along some of this fun trivia to show your friends and family!