15 Interesting Facts About St. Patrick's Day

March 06, 2015


1. Saint Patrick was actually from Wales, not Ireland.

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2. Saint Patrick’s real name is Maewyn Succat.

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3. At the age of 16, he was captured by a group of Irish pirates and was taken to Ireland as a slave.

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4. He tended sheep in Ireland for 6 years before he escaped.

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5. When he returned home, he studied Christianity and became a priest. He then took his teachings back to Ireland, where he established the Christian church.

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6. He changed his name to Patricius, which means “Father Figure.”

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7. Saint Patrick’s representative color is actually blue, not green.

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8. There are reportedly more than 13 million pints of Guinness being consumed on Saint Patrick’s Day alone.

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9. In fact, a 2012 estimate pegged the total amount spent on beer for Saint Patrick’s day celebrations at $245 million. That’s quite a bar tab!

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10. From 1903 - 1970, most bars and pubs were closed on Saint Patrick’s Day because it was a considered religious holiday (or a “Dry Holiday”).

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11. “Drowning The Shamrock” is known to be good luck and is meant to give you a prosperous year.

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12. Saint Patrick’s Day falls on Lent, but the restriction of drinking is lifted for the day.

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13. The harp is the national symbol of Ireland, not the shamrock.

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14. Saint Patrick used the shamrock to preach about the Holy Trinity.

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15. Your odds of finding a four leaf clover are 1 to 10,000 :)

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