St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on the 17th of March as an ode to the patron saint of Ireland – St. Patrick. Here are a few fun facts about the day:
Blue was the color of the day
St. Patrick is actually associated with the color blue and the color green came into the picture because of the shamrock being used as the symbol for the Irish Independence Movement in the late 18th Century.
17th March was actually St. Patrick’s death day and not birth day!
St. Patrick isn’t even Irish
St. Patrick was actually British. We was born in Scotland or Wales and became associated with the Irish when he went there to introduce them to Christianity in the year 432.
New York Celebrates
New Year is home to the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade, where millions of marchers go up to Fifth Avenue on foot. No vehicles whatsoever are allowed in the parade.
Chicago Turns Green
Since 1962, the Chicago River is dyed green every year using organic dye which doesn’t harm the river. Chicago is quite the spectacle on St. Patrick’s Day!
Why the Shamrock?
Ever wondered why the Shamrock came to be associated with the festival? Legend has it, that when the Saint was introducing Christianity to the Irish, he used the three clover leaf to use as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity.
There are no female leprechauns
A lot of holiday decorations might showcase female leprechauns but as per traditional Irish folk tales, there were only male leprechauns.
“Erin Go Bragh”
You must have heard a cry of “Erin Go Bragh” during the celebrations, which roughly translates to “Ireland Forever”
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