As you send out your St. Patrick’s Day greetings and plan your St. Paddy’s Day celebration, check out our St. Patricks Day facts and trivia to help you become a little more knowledgeable about this Irish holiday. St. Patricks Day is more than just a holiday for drinking beer and eating Irish stew. Four leaf clovers, corned beef and cabbage, the color green are all part of the great Irish folklore associated with St. Patrick’s Day but there are historical traditions and stories that give reason to the traditional celebration of this holiday.
St. Patricks Day Facts and Trivia – Folklore and More
Symbols and Legends
- It is said the St. Patrick Died on March 17th, hence we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on this date.
- It is said that St. Patrick died at the age of 79 in 464 A.D.
- St. Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat and he was born in Scotland (not Ireland!) around 385 A.D.
- Leprechauns are the official shoe makers of the fairy kingdom.
- Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland.
- The Christian Church of Ireland was founded by St. Patrick.
St Paddy’s Traditions
- The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737. It was first celebrated publicly in, the U.S. in Boston.
- On St. Patrick’s Day, in Chicago the rivers are dyed green.
- Green is affiliated with St. Patrick’s Day because it is the color of Spring.
- On St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland people traditionally wear small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps.
- If you are caught without wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be pinched!
- Traditional St Patrick’s Day food includes, Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and of course, Guinness.
May the luck of the Irish be with you today! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!