So now you know the history of St. Patrick’s Day, but here are a few added facts that you may not have known:

  • Corned beef is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal.
  • Green was not always the color of St. Patrick. It was originally blue. Green comes from the Irish roots.
  • Leprechauns were first mentioned in the 8th century and came from Irish fairytales. The word means “small- bodied fellow”.
  • St. Patrick’s Day used to be a dry holiday. Actually all pubs were shutdown in Ireland until the law was overturned in 1970.
  • There are more Irish people living in the US than in Ireland.
  • The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations of today were created by Americans.
  • The Chicago River is dyed green every year.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wear green or get pinched!

Written by: Marisa Linton

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