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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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
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