5 Things You Didn’t Know About St. Patrick’s Day
By: Mars Salazar
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! It’s one of the most celebrated holidays around the world, marked by all things Irish and a whole lot of green. Embrace the spirit of the holiday with these lucky little bits of trivia:
St. Patrick was actually British.
According to legend, St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain and was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16. He was able to return home after six years in captivity, studying Christianity in Auxerre, France before returning to Ireland as a missionary.
The shamrock symbolizes the Holy Trinity.
Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, to explain the Holy Trinity. This greatly boosted his evangelical efforts, as three was a very significant number for the pagan Irish.
The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day celebration happened in the USA.
And it wasn’t held in New York or Boston, but in the Spanish-held colony of St. Augustine, Florida, in 1600. The first known St. Patrick’s Day parade was also held in the same city in 1601, possibly due to the influence of the few Irish residents of the town.
Several monuments will turn green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
Over 400 landmarks around the world will be greenified on March 17 to join the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. These include Victoria Falls, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sydney Opera House, the Burj al Arab, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, and the Empire State Building.
Lots of adults celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking green beer.
St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without a pint (or two) of this emerald concoction! The best part is that it’s so easy to make: Just squirt a few drops of green food dye into your beer glass, then fill it with ale. Cheers!
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