Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! St. Patrick’s Day might just be the perfect excuse for a random get together. No one’s got any expectations, the booze will be fun, and who can’t be in a great mood around a smiling leprechaun?! In case you haven’t seen them already, you can check out some great party ideas a few posts down.
Here are some fun St. Patrick’s Day facts and figures!
- The most famous legend regarding St. Patrick is that he rid Ireland of snakes by ringing his bell.
- The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
- It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17th, the day that we now celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; the holiday got its American start in 1737 in Boston.
- The shamrock was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish.
- There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland. Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire Irish are the leading ancestral group.
- On St. Patrick’s Day, you can bring yourself good luck by finding a four-leaf clover, wearing green and kissing a Blarney stone.
“For each petal on the shamrock that brings a wish your way – Good Health, Good Luck and Happiness for today and every day!” – Irish blessing
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