5 funny facts about St. Patrick’s Day
1. What’s the deal with the shamrock?
We’ve all heard about how lucky finding a four-leaf clover is, but what about the humble shamrock? And why is it so important? Well, St. Patrick originally used it as a teaching tool. Thanks to the plant’s design and its three leaves, he was able to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the people in his class.
2. Where was he from?
It my come as a surprise, but possibly the most Irish thing about Ireland isn’t actually Irish. He was Welsh!
3. Snakes on an Island
According to the tales, it was St. Patrick himself who banished all of the snakes off the Emerald Isle. Why? Because he couldn’t stand them (and also because they were a symbol of the pagan beliefs the natives had at the time). The more scientific-oriented minds however, attribute the lack of snakes to the fact that the Irish climate just isn’t that hospitable for them. You decide.
4. Blue becomes green
Green may be synonymous with the Irish these days, but it wasn’t always the case. Blue was actually St. Patrick’s favourite colour and was originally associated with him and Ireland itself. The colour green was deemed unlucky, but at some point in history, this changed, making green the colour of choice and the luck of the Irish. Some even take extreme measures to make sure we know what day it is: every year in Chicago, the river in is dyed “Kelly” green to celebrate the special day and usually lasts about 5 hours before washing away.
5. Happy Guinness Day!
Guiness sales unsurprisingly increase on St. Patricks Day, but did you know that a whopping 11 million pints of the black stuff are consumed on this day of celebration? That’s double the normal daily amount (which, at 5.5 million pints a day, is also quite a lot).