Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
In case the overwhelming amount of people dressed in green didn’t clue you in, St. Patrick’s Day is here! Unfortunately for many, the holiday happens to fall on a Monday, which may mean you have to hold off on the Baileys and beer until after hours. Whether you are on your coffee break or going out for an Irish-inspired beverage, here are 7 fun pieces of St. Patrick’s Day trivia that are guaranteed to spark some conversation.
1. St. Patrick, for whom the holiday is named, was not Irish! He was born in Britain, taken as a slave to Ireland where he later escaped back to Britain, and returned to Ireland as a missionary.
2. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March, which is when St. Patrick was thought to have died.
3. The first St. Patrick’s day parade was not held in Ireland! It originated March 17, 1762 in New York City, which continues to hold the record for the largest parade. What is more surprising is that St. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday in Ireland until about 40 years ago!
4. In honor of the holiday, many cities paint a green stripe down the parade route. Surprisingly, this tradition originated in Seattle about 44 years ago. But, when it comes to getting into the holiday spirit, Chicago may have New York and Seattle beat, as they dye the Chicago River green.
5. The original color of St. Patrick’s Day is not green, it is actually blue. Traditionally, green is associated with bad luck. The emerald hue’s association with Ireland is believed to be rooted in the Irish Revolution. During this time the Catholic Irish were associated with the color green and the Protestant Irish were linked with orange. This is thought to be why the Irish flag is green, white, and orange, with the white representing a peaceful unity between the two.
6. Consumer reports predict that 4.2 billion pints of green beer will be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day this year. This is quite the tribute to Ireland, which is ranked second for the country with the largest consumption of beer per capita!
7. 34.5 million Americans claim a primary or partial Irish heritage, which is 7 times larger than the population of Ireland (4.68 million). This means there are more Irish people living in the United States than in Ireland!
Whether you are in the office or lucky enough to have the day off – enjoy the parade, Irish-dancing, festivities, and all that is Irish. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!