7 Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Facts

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St. Patrick's

Get your green attire ready because this Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day! Ever wondered where this holiday originated and about it’s festivities? Here are a few fun facts for you.

Did You Know?

  1. Saint Patrick Wasn’t Irish – He was actually British! But he is best known for introducing Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century after being captured by Irish pirates.
  2. Blue was the Traditional Color – In fact, green was considered unlucky! “St. Patrick’s Blue” was Ireland’s symbolic color until St. Patrick’s Day was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 1700s.St. Patrick's Day
  3. The Chicago River Runs Green – Speaking of green, each year the Chicago River is dyed green. This fun tradition started in 1962. Don’t worry, the dye is eco-friendly and only lasts from a few hours up to a few days (depending on which way the wind is blowing).
  4. New York’s March – One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades is held in New York City and it began in 1762. Each year it has an average of 250,000 marchers with 2 million spectators. This year, it will be held on March 16th at 11 am and kicks off on 44th street.
  5. Leprechaun Legends – According to Irish folklore, these little guys are shoemakers and menders. As a result, their hard work earns the famous pots of gold they guard.
  6. Shamrock Symbolism – 3-leaf shamrocks were used by St. Patrick to help teach about the Trinity. If you’re hoping to find a lucky 4-leaf clover, the chances are 1 in 10,000
  7. Worth the Celebration – The National Retail Federation is predicting that 55% of consumers will celebrate the holiday and with an average spending of $40.18. The total expected spending is at $5.61B. That’s worth a lot of beer and corn beef & cabbage!

Have a great time on St. Patrick’s Day and share these interesting facts with your friends!

Sources & More Facts:

    1. 15 Things You Might Not Know About St. Patrick’s Day
    2. Fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day
    3. How the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day
    4. St. Patrick’s Day by the numbers