Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) & 12 interesting facts about the holiday!

Posted on 03-17-2015 by
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Between the shamrocks, mischievous little green men and the pub crawling, there is a lot to love about this fun Irish holiday, even if you are not Irish or live nowhere close to Ireland. But in between those sips of Guinness, it is worth considering these interesting facts about this Irish holiday. Here are 12 facts you probably had wrong about St. Patrick’s Day according to care2.

  1. Most people know that St Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, but did you know St. Patrick was not Irish?
  2. Until recently all pubs were required by law to be closed on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.
  3. It is a huge faux pax to call the holiday St. Patty’s Day. The correct names are St. Patrick’s Day and St. Paddy’s Day.
  4. The St. Patrick‘s Day parade was invented in the United States.
  5. More than 100 St Patrick’s Day parades are held every year in the United States. The biggest celebrations are in New York City and Boston.
  6. The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in Dripsey, Cork. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs.
  7. Shamrocks refer to many plants not just one.
  8. The color of Saint Patrick was blue not green.
  9. Wearing of the green started as a song of resistance.
  10. Chicago dyes its river green on St. Patrick’s Day.
  11. St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in space – twice.
  12. If you want to really impress an Irishman or woman try this tongue-twister: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!).

And, if you are still curious about the day, take a look at this Infographic St. Patrick’s Day By The Numbers, available via History.com.

 

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