Crazy Interesting Facts about St. Patrick’s Day!

by TOI Admin March 17, 2016

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Most people view this day as a time to wear green (and pinch those who don’t)! It’s also a time to celebrate Irish style with family and friends. But what are we celebrating exactly? Here are some interesting facts you may not know about St. Patrick’s Day:

  • St. Patrick is not even Irish! He was born in Britain around 350 AD and lived in Wales. He became a saint because he brought Christianity to the then Pagan Ireland. The official color of St. Patrick is blue. Green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day because Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle”.
  • More Irish people live in the U.S. than in Ireland; at least when it comes to their descent. Ireland’s population is around 6.3 million, but there are nearly 7 times more people (39.6 million) of Irish decent living in the U.S.! This can be attributed to the Irish potato famine that caused millions of Irish to escape to the U.S.
  • Leprechauns were not associated with St. Patrick’s Day until the 8th century. They became linked to St. Patrick’s Day as another way to represent Ireland’s Celtic beliefs.

Despite these facts, today’s celebration of St. Patrick has little to do with the actual man and more do with celebrating all things Irish. So, go have fun and we wish you this… 

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