9 Cool Facts About St. Paddy’s Day!

Today is about learning, folks! Don’t worry… I made sure to pick the more interesting tidbits for you. Enjoy!

Image1. March 17th is the day of Saint Patrick’s death, not his birth date.

His birthday is actually… well, we don’t know that one. It was the year 387 AD, though.

2. Saint Patrick was not Irish.

He was born in Scotland, but is celebrated in Ireland because he was successful in bringing Christianity there.

3. It’s spelled “St. Paddy’s,” not “St. Patty’s.”

Yup, I learned that myself recently. Some easy ways to remember:

* “Patty” is for Patricia, while “Paddy” is for Patrick.

* Or “Paddy” rhymes with “daddy”–yes, this is how my mind works, sometimes.

* Patrick is derived from the Irish name Pádraig (pronounced paw-drig), which is spelled with a “d” so… yeah…

Speaking of dying things green and not-so-subtle transitions, Chicago is the first and only city to dye their river green each year, but here is another interesting fact:

4. It takes 40 lbs. of a dye that begins as orange before turning into the vibrant green you’ve come to know.

They’re so proud of this tradition, there’s even a website dedicated to the whole event.

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Now, after speaking about dying things green, let’s talk about why it should be blue:

5. Saint Patrick’s color was actually blue.

It is believed the transition to green came later to associate with Ireland’s beautiful countryside, or its nickname, the “Emerald Isle.”

Now, this wouldn’t be a food post without some mention of Irish cuisine, right? I can’t say I’ve ever made any Irish food myself, so I’m pretty green in that arena, so I tend to like the more festive, less traditional recipes that just require added food coloring.

6. Corned beef is not a traditional Irish dish.

Beef wasn’t cheap then, so this dish was for the wealthy British who made it a mainstay after they conquered most of Ireland.

And celebration wouldn’t be complete without some beer and spirits to raise our spirits, right? Now I can move onto our last, but definitely not least, facts for the day:

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7. St. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970.

Irish law prohibited drinking on religious holidays, so St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were dry from 1903-1970.

Pubs were closed this day each year, until the law was overturned, a wise choice as it became apparent that the boost in commerce and tourism was the much-welcomed aftermath.

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8. You may break from Lent on this day to fully celebrate with food and drink.

When I first learned of this tidbit, I got all giddy, haha. Have fun with this one, folks.

9. The Irish cheers by saying, “Sláinte!”

It is likened to toasting to another’s health.

And now, please cue the star and rainbow… the more you know!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day, ye goats!

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