On March 17, people and communities all over the world celebrate their Irish-ness in observance of the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Even if you have no Irish ancestry, you may enjoy some fun facts that are sure to amaze you – and those you celebrate with.
St. Patrick was actually not Irish, but of Scottish or Welsh descent. His name wasn’t Patrick either, as he was actually born Maewyn Succat. According to legend, he changed his name to Patricius (or Patrick) when he became a priest.
Planning on wearing green? Fact is, the original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue but it started to change in the 17th century. The color green appears in Ireland’s tri-color flag. Ireland is also known as the “Emerald Isle” because of its green landscape.
Enjoying a pint of stout? For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business. In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing.
The symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day is the Shamrock, the national symbol of Ireland.
Feeling lucky? The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are one in 10,000.
So have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may the road always rise to meet you!