St. Patrick's Day Trivia You Maybe Did or Did Not Know

Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone! While people's first thoughts about the holiday are generally about the colour green, Irish music and drinking beer, St. Patrick's Day is filled with rich history and traditions. Here is some trivia and facts about St. Patrick's day, which perhaps you maybe already knew about, but then again, maybe you did not. Either way, enjoy the trivia along with a pint of beer in your hand.

1. St. Patrick was not Irish. In fact, he was born around the year 350 A.D. and probably originated from Wales.

2. Blue is the colour of St. Patrick (originally). While it might be green nowadays, early artwork displaying St. Patrick often showed him wearing the colour blue. The colour green probably came from being associated with the green Irish countryside.

3. Shamrocks were a religious symbol. In fact, his trademark three-leaf plant stood as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity at the time that he first introduced Christianity to Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day Trivia
4. Green on the Irish flag represents the Irish nationalist tradition of Ireland. Actually, in official terms the colours of the flag have no meaning but they do have common interpretations. Orange is interpreted as minority supporters of William of Orange and white symbolizes peace.

Check out this post for more flag trivia.

5. The odds of finding a four-leaf clover is 1 in 10,000.
Still significantly better chances than winning the lottery or never having to hear the name "Justin Bieber" again.

What do you think? Have you come across any St. Patrick's day trivia that maybe you did not know?

Thankfully the no-drinking thing didn't last.
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6. There was no drinking allowed on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland until 1970. Until then, the holiday was a religious observance, which meant that all pubs were forced to close. In 1970, it was reclassified as a national holiday and a new reason for the season was born.

7. The first celebration of St. Patrick's Day took place in Boston in 1737, by Irish immigrants. 194 years later in 1931, the first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Dublin.

8. Wearing the colour green took off in the 19th century. In response to the parades, wearing green became a way for people to show commitment to Ireland.

9. In 1962, the Chicago River was dyed green for the holiday for the first time. It was an accident the first time it happened but done on purpose every year after that. Now, an advocacy group called Friends of Chicago River takes the opportunity to turn the river into a habitat for fish, herons, turtles and beavers.

St. Patrick's Day Trivia You Maybe Did or Did Not Know
There is a 98.32 percent chance it does not taste like Kool-Aid.
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10. More Irish live in the U.S. than in Ireland. Ireland has a population of roughly 4.2 million people but it is estimated that 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry.

11. St. Patrick did not drive snakes from Ireland. The rumour is that St. Patrick was responsible for driving all snakes out of Ireland, but there is no evidence that snakes ever existed in Ireland in the first place. In fact, the term "snakes" was likely a metaphor for pagan religious beliefs and practices.

While St. Patrick's Day is by all means fun to celebrate, learning the history and trivia behind the event, which you maybe did or did not know makes it all that much more rewarding. Do you have any other facts about St. Patrick's Day or Ireland you would like to share? Let us know in the comments.

By Jonathan Holowka

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