First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s the one day a year where everyone is a little bit Irish and enjoys the Irish spirit. Lucky for you, it’s also the luckiest day of the year! Learn more about this exciting day here.
With St. Patrick’s Day being celebrated all over the world, haven’t you ever wondered how much you really understand and know about Ireland’s biggest national holiday? Here are top 10 facts you can impress your friends with that most people don’t know.
1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was from Wales!
The real St. Patrick wasn't even named Patrick. His birth name was Maewyn Succat. The Irish patron saint changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest. He is known around the world as “the Apostle of Ireland”, but he was actually born in Britain and his parents were Roman citizens. He only went to Ireland 16 years later, and not by choice.
2. The humble shamrock was originally used as a teaching tool.
St. Patrick used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
3. The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade to take place was in New York in the 1760s.
4. For a long time, blue used to be the colour representing St. Patrick. At the time, Green was actually considered unlucky. St. Patrick’s blue was symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is also still blue.
5. Dripsey in County Cork held the record for the world’s shortest parade for many years. It was just 77 feet, the distance between two popular pubs. Now, the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas now claims to have the shortest parade on Bridge Street.
6. The Sydney Opera House illuminated into green in the year 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Day. The very first celebration of this auspicious day was in 1810 when the Governor of New South Wales at the time provided entertainment for Irish convict workers.
7. The Irish actually leave the country. On the 17th of March, you will find numerous celebrities, musicians, and dancers who travel abroad to find well-paying gigs. Politicians also travel a lot to increase trade for their country.
8. In Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, the “Plumbers Local 110 union” dyes the Kelly River green! It only lasts for about five hours, though. No harm was done there.
9. As a tradition, the Irish leader hands the US president a bowl full of the shamrock. The shamrock is originally grown in Kelly but immediately destroyed by the president’s secret service in fear of danger to the president.
10. Sales for the Irish beer Guinness soar to epic heights on St. Patrick’s Day. Nearly 5.5 million pints of the black beer are downed around the world. On this auspicious day, that amount is nearly doubled!
Take advantage of the luck of the Irish today, and enter your tickets for the massive 225 million SuperEna Max draw.
Best of luck!
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