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March 16, 2018 · 8:31 am

17 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day!

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I’m sure you’ve heard the story about St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland…or maybe you think St. Patty’s Day is just an excuse for the entire world to claim their 1% Irish heritage and drink themselves into submission.

Whether you embrace the wearing of the green or just take St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to wear those dumb shirts that tell people how Irish you are (I kid, I kid!), here are 17 MORE reasons to do what you do…so have a beer, toast up a slice of Irish soda bread (MY LITERAL FAVORITE), and feel yourself getting a little more Irish with this collection of 17 fun facts!

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17 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

While green seems to be synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, Saint Patrick’s color was actually blue. The color green only became associated with St. Patrick’s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.

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Ironically St. Patrick was not Irish. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.

Saint Patrick made his mark in Ireland by introducing Christianity to Ireland.

Nevertheless, the Irish take St. Patty’s day VERY SERIOUSLY. It’s declared a national holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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The New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the world’s largest parades. It’s been a major attraction since 1762!

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Here in Chicago, we have our own nasty tradition of dying the Chicago River green. It takes nearly 40 tons of dye to color the river.

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For most of the 20th century, St. Patrick’s Day was considered a religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the pubs were closed for business. In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday and the drinks began a’flowin.

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According to legend, St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.

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Though St. Patrick gets all the credit for driving the snakes out of Ireland, modern scientists have actually discovered that Ireland has never been home to any snakes. The cold weather was too harsh to host any reptiles and the surrounding seas have staved off snakes ever since. It’s now believed that the snakes in his lore were likely metaphorical.

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Not including tips, a 2012 estimate pegged the total amount spend on beer for St. Patrick’s Day around the world was around $245 million. At about $5.00 a glass, that’s a LOT of beer!

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Guinness, the go-to drink of several Irish beer drinkers, sees a consumption of about 13 million pints on St. Patty’s Day alone. Even the Queen partakes…

Saint Patrick was actually born Maewyn Succat, but changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest.

According to Irish folk tales, there is no such thing as a lady leprechaun. Hmm…sounds familiar…

I mean there has to be AT LEAST one 😉

There are more people with Irish ancestry in the United States than in Ireland.

Wanna test your luck? The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.

March 17th is actually the day St. Patrick died.

Traditionally, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrocks to the US President. The shamrocks, grown in Kerry, Ireland, is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange.

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8 Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables

The luck of the Irish is on everyone’s side today! It may not be gold at the end of the rainbow, but these adorable printables are all coming at you for FREE! How magical is that?!

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8 Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables

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5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Right, so I know corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patty’s Day go-to…and I know my Irish ancestors would shun me for saying so, but I’m just not a huge fan of corned beef…or cabbage for that matter.  I mean…I’ll eat it…but when push comes to shove, I’d much rather spring for a piece of shepherd’s pie or a big ol’ plate of bangers and mash (which I know is not OFFICIALLY Irish, but…it has potatoes!!).

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So here are a few other Irish-ish recipes that you can make to still be in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit if you’re like me and don’t swoon over the traditional fare.

5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish Soda Bread (my favorite!!)
Gimme Some Oven
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Bangers & Mash
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Shepherd’s Pie
Delish Plan
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Bailey’s Brownies
Just a Pinch
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Beer Cheese Soup
A Spicy Perspective
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St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece

I love me a good recycled craft…and this one is “green” in all senses of the word!  Made from recycled items and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this beer bottle vase is so easy to make and would look adorable on your table or mantle.  This is a great way to use up those Guinness bottles you have lying around, as well as some left over felt scraps from projects you’ve done before.

A few weeks ago I posted a Felt Flower Tutorial, as well as a Felt Shamrocks Tutorial.  Both of those will come in handy when making this cute little St. Pattie’s craft.

St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece

Materials:

  • 1 empty beer bottle, label removed, washed and dried
  • Various scraps of green and white felt
  • Green and white felt (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
  • Craft pipe cleaners (optional–only if you’re making the flowers)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Needle and green embroidery thread

Directions:

Follow the directions for the Felt Flower Tutorial to make the flowers for your vase.  If you’d rather use real flowers or no flowers at all, simply ignore this step.

Follow the directions for the Felt Shamrocks Tutorial to make 3 green shamrocks, as well as 1 white one.  Feel free to use whatever colors you’d like.  I happened to have felt in “True Green”, “Forest Green”, and “Sage Green”…so those are the shamrocks I created.  I also made a white one and did a simple stitch in green thread around the edge of the shamrock.

I also created a little belt to go around the bottle.  I made this out of the “Sage Green” felt and 2 strips of white felt.  Glue the shamrocks to the felt belt.

When you have your shamrocks arranged and glued to the belt, simply glue it all to your beer bottle.  Add your flowers and you’re good to go!  This is a really fun and economical idea for table centerpieces or party favors.

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