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