It’s that time of year again, where the Irish, the shamrocks and the celebrations come out for St. Patrick’s Day.
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Things you may or may not have known about St. Patrick's Day:
1. St. Patrick was not Irish, he was from Wales 🏴
This is an unusual fact that many people don’t realize. St. Patrick is not Irish, he is actually Welsh. He served as a missionary in Ireland, but later fled back to England.
2. The shamrock symbol is a teaching tool
St. Patrick was said to have used it to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. ☘
3. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1760s
Regardless of it being a holiday based for Irish people, the parade started out in New York for the first time. Many Irish emigrated to NY back in the 1760’s and this parade featured Irish soldiers serving in the English army.
4. Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrocks to the US President.
Every year, the Irish leader makes a visit to the White House to present a crystal bowl full of shamrocks to the current president.
5. St. Patrick was originally associated with the colour blue
6. 12% of Americans claim to have Irish heritage
Around 4.5 million Irish people emigrated to the US between 1840-1930 during and just after the Famine.
7. Corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick’s Day staple
In honor of their culture, the initial Irish immigrants in the U.S. splurged on flavorful corned beef, which was accompanied by potato and the cheapest vegetable, cabbage. It didn’t take long for corned beef and cabbage to become associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you should give it a try this year!
10. It’s Paddy’s Day, NOT Patty’s Day 😉
From what I can see, it’s widely known as Patty’s Day around the U.S., however….in Ireland, it’s Paddy’s Day. Irish people are so strong on this point, so much so that they’ve dedicated a website to explaining it here.. http://paddynotpatty.com/