St. Patrick's Day is now widely celebrated by not only the Irish community but everyone around the world. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music sessions and wearing green attire or shamrocks -- but was this always the case? Are you sure you know everything about the celebration? Here are a few fun facts about St. Patrick's Day:
The color green only became associated to St. Patrick's Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement.
Saint Patrick was British, born to Roman parents in Scotland.
New York’s Parade
New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the world’s largest parades. Since 1762, 250,000 marchers have walked up Fifth Avenue on foot during this celebration.
According to legend St. Patrick used the three leaf clover (or shamrock) to explain the Trinity.
Erin go Bragh Meaning
When attending a Saint Patrick’s Day event you'll often hear “Erin go Bragh.” Actually, it is a corruption of the Irish Éirinn go Brách, which means roughly “Ireland Forever.”
The Famous Green River
It started in 1962 in Chicago, when city officials decided to dye a portion of the Chicago River green.
150 countries will be drinking Guinness on St. Patrick's Day. The sale almost doubles on St Patrick’s Day as compared to the regular days when 5.5 million pints of it are sold.
Corn Beef and Cabbage
This is an Irish American dish. Irish Americans were so poor they could not afford certain meals. On St. Patrick's Day, the best meal they could afford was beef and cabbage. It became a staple for the holiday.
St. Paddy’s or St. Patty’s?
The correct short form is actually St. Paddy’s. Patty, is short for the woman's name Patricia. And Patrick’s name in Irish, which is ‘Pádraig’, has a ‘D’, not a ‘T’.
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