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5 Things You Didn't Know About St. Patrick's Day

Things that you may not know about the infamous St. Patty's Day

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1. You said how long?!?!

For over a millennium, the Irish have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 on which St. Patrick died in 461 A.D.
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For over a millennium, the Irish have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 on which St. Patrick died in 461 A.D.

2. The start of something great

The “Shamrock Stagger,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 8th, 1995, two days before University of Illinois’s Spring Break is how "unofficial" started.
Via archives.library.illinois.edu

The “Shamrock Stagger,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 8th, 1995, two days before University of Illinois’s Spring Break is how "unofficial" started.

3. Patty's Day Parades

Annual St. Patrick’s Day parades, that started not in Ireland but in New York City in March of 1762, were a demonstration of strength and solidarity among a people who, at that time, were for the most part unwelcome in protestant America.
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Annual St. Patrick’s Day parades, that started not in Ireland but in New York City in March of 1762, were a demonstration of strength and solidarity among a people who, at that time, were for the most part unwelcome in protestant America.

4. Did you say BLUE!?!?

The March 17th tradition of wearing green is explained in differing ways. It’s said that blue was originally the color associated with the holiday but over time green took over in popularity due to Ireland’s nickname as “The Emerald Isle”, the green in the Irish flag and the clover that St. Patrick used in his teachings about Catholicism.
Via huffingtonpost.com

The March 17th tradition of wearing green is explained in differing ways. It’s said that blue was originally the color associated with the holiday but over time green took over in popularity due to Ireland’s nickname as “The Emerald Isle”, the green in the Irish flag and the clover that St. Patrick used in his teachings about Catholicism.

5. Guinness is gold

13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick's Day!
Via woodtv.com

13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick's Day!

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