Wednesday, March 5, 2014

St Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

With St. Patrick’s day upon us, we wanted to share some fun facts about this international holiday to help get you in the green spirit.

Surprisingly enough, St. Patrick’s day isn’t a big drinking holiday in Ireland. In fact, many of the local pubs close shop on St Patrick’s day as this holiday originated as a holy day for the Irish. Today, however, 94 million people around the world are said to sport some sort of green clothing on St. Patrick’s day while consuming an estimated 528 million gallons of green beer. That’s only 1% of the world’s annual beer consumption.

Did you know that the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t held in Ireland! Any guesses as to where it was held? It was first held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737.

Since the 1960’s, the Chicago River has been dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s day.

Have you ever noticed that there are no female leprechauns?

Ever wondered why you wear green on St. Patrick’s day? This tradition is said to be in commemoration of St. Patrick’s use of the shamrock in his teaching – although blue was the original colour of his vestments. Western traditions say that wearing green on St. Patrick’s day makes you invisible to leprechauns, who go around pinching those they can see. If you don’t want to get pinched this St. Patrick’s day, sport some green clothing and stay safe.

Do you have any fun St. Patrick’s day facts you want to share. Leave your comment below.

Source: Ink Pixi infographic

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