Alright, peeps. You know what time it is. Another holiday is creeping around the corner, and it wouldn’t be official until I busted out some fun facts for you. It’s important to know what and why you’re celebrating, right?
Put your leprechaun pants on and pull out your pots o’ gold because it’s time for the St. Patty’s day addition of Fun Facts!
- St. Patrick was actually Scottish, not Irish! – woops?
- St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a big drinking day in Ireland. Most of the pubs are closed that day. – Leave it to the Americans to change that.
- Don’t be surprised if you get pinched for not wearing green! Just like drinking on this holiday, this tradition is an entirely American and probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns and fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.
- But oddly enough, the actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. Green,
in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
- Four leaf clovers are said to be good luck… if you can find one! One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
- The shamrock, a.k.a the four leaf clover, is the traditional symbol …because St. Patrick used it to explain the connection between the father, the son, and the holy spirit in the Christian religion.
- There were more Irish living in New York City, than in Dublin, Ireland, at one time.