5 Fun Facts About Saint Patrick’s Day

Vintage St. Patricks Day wreath from Current CatalogEvery year, thousands of people paint the town green to celebrate Irish culture. However, there’s much more to this holiday than four-leaf clovers, green beer, and leprechauns.

We’ve put together 5 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day.

  1.  Luck doesn’t come so easy.

According to Scientific American, the odds of discovering a four-leaf clover on your first attempt are 1 in 10,000. May the odds be ever in your favor.

  1.     Why March 17th?

This day marks the death of Saint Patrick. The Catholic Church considers this a holy day.

  1.     Patrick wasn’t Irish!

Originally named Maewyn Succat, the-eventual-Saint Patrick was born in Britain around 385 A.D. He was later kidnapped, brought to Ireland, and forced into slavery. Eventually, he went home to Britain, only to return to Ireland later to spread the word of Christianity. (ibtime.com)

  1.     Green envy.

St. Patrick associated himself with the color blue, which was Ireland’s flag color back in the day. It was not until the 17th century that green came to the fore of Irish symbolism. Ireland took pride in its vast land of rolling green scenery and created the  green, white, and orange tri-colored flag we know today.

  1.     The United States is the new Ireland.

Today, there are about 34.7 million Irish-Americans living in the U.S. That’s 7 times the population of Ireland! (History.com)