St. Patrick’s Day Interesting Facts

St. Patrick's Day Interesting Facts

Start your day off right with these St. Patrick’s Day Interesting Facts!

Many people celebrate St. Patrick’s day all around the world. I went to college near Savannah, GA and every year Savannah throws one of the biggest St. Paddy’s parties in the world. Honestly, I think only Boston has a bigger event. But anyways, being near Savannah allowed my friends and I to celebrate the holiday a few times in Savannah, back when the majority of our college extracurriculars centered around drinking haha. It was a pretty fun time and I still enjoy St. Patrick’s day to this day. My wife and I generally like to have a few pints and cheers the holidays with friends or family. So before we begin our day of festivities I thought I’d share some St. Patrick’s Day Interesting Facts. Enjoy!

  1. Saint Patrick didn’t wear green. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue.” The color green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.
  2. St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
  3. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.
  4. Saint Patrick is credited for driving the snakes out of Ireland, but according to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to snakes as it was too cold to host reptiles during the Ice Age. The surrounding seas have kept snakes out since.
  5. Saint Patrick was born “Maewyn Succat” but changed his name to “Patricius” after becoming a priest.
  6. Guinness will be enjoyed in 150 countries on St. Patrick’s day.
  7. Legend has it St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, by showing an unbeliever the three-leafed plant with one stalk.
  8. Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
  9. Despite his Irish notoriety, Saint Patrick was British. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.
  10. 13 MILLION pints of Guinness are drank within the 24 hour period of St. Patrick’s Day. (that’s 108,000+ Kegs!)

*Bonus Fact… According to the Guinness Brewery, it should take about 119 seconds to pour a Guinness.

Hope y’all enjoyed these and prepared you to toss out a couple interesting facts wherever you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

– Guinness Up, SlyePup

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