Saint Patrick's Day Trivia
Saint Patrick’s Day is, at least in the part of America that I’m from (California), is a holiday saved for green beer, signs, stickers, or t-shirts that say, “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” getting pinched if you’re not wearing green, and an excuse to drink as much as humanly possible. But, not many people take as much time out to look into where this holiday originates from as they do figuring out how Irish they are (even if they aren’t). So, I put together some information about St. Patrick and a little trivia surround him and the special day:
1. Saint Patrick’s was born in Britain in the 4th century A.D. His family was deacons and at the age of sixteen he was taken to Ireland as a captive. He eventually escaped, studied in France (Gaul) to be a priest and then returned in 432 A.D. to Christianize the pagan Irish.
2. He used the shamrock (three-leaf clover) as an example of the Holy Trinity.
3. He died on March 17th 461 A.D. and interred at Downpatrick.
4. Although the traditional color for St. Patrick is green, it actually started as blue. Using the color green goes back to the 17th century.
5. There was a rebellion in 1798 in Ireland in which the Irish wore shamrocks on March 17th and the saying “wearing the green” comes from a song sung at the time.
6. According to traditional myth St. Patrick banned all snake from Ireland.
7. In 1962 Chicagoans dyed the Chicago River green.
8. The amount of Guinness drank increases from 5.5 million pints to 13 million on ST. Patrick’s Day.
9. In 1914 Dr. John Curtin invented green beer, by added blue coloring to beer to turn it green.
10. The color green was used as the color of EVERYTHING Irish, a tradition that began in the 20th century. Partially because Ireland has a lot of green vegetation when everything is in bloom—Lots of green.
It’s a bit awkward to think that St. Patrick. A monk, who didn’t believe in partying and drunkenness, would be the main focal point of a holiday known for drunken revelry. But tradition is tradition and the more the merrier. Here to St. Patrick, Ireland and wearing the green: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
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