March 17 is almost here! Time for Some Green Beer & Corned Beef & Cabbage!
That's probably what you think of when this day rolls around each year. But where did this tradition come from? And who is St. Patrick anyway?
Let's find out! Put on something green (you don't want to get pinched) and settle in while we learn about this green-themed day.
We did our research and found the following fun facts surrounding St. Patrick's Day:
- Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He died on March 17, 461
- Saint Patrick wasn't even Irish! He was born in Roman Britain and kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland at age 16
- He escaped but later returned to convert the Irish to Christianity. He used the shamrock to explain the Trinity
- More than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the United States; New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations
- The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the world ‘s oldest civilian parade
- Chicago started dyeing the Chicago River green in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday
- Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia
So there you have it. You can now impress your friends at the pub this weekend over some shamrock-hued libations! Cheers to that!