When most of us think of St. Patrick’s Day, we think of the color green, an Irishman by the name of St. Patrick, and in some cases, beer! But what if we told you that green was considered unlucky, St. Patrick was English, and that for many years, St. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday?
Brush up on these interesting facts about St. Patrick’s Day, and don’t forget to wear green today!
1. Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is tradition to avoid being pinched… but why? Legend has it that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who pinch anyone they see.
2. Blue was actually the original color associated with St. Patrick, with the Irish military even wearing “St. Patrick’s Blue” in their uniforms. Green was considered unlucky by some because it represented a time in Irish history when Ireland was not free.
3. Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick was not actually Irish! He was believed to be born in England around 390 A.D.
4. More people with Irish ancestry live in the U.S. (34.7 million) than in Ireland (4.2 million).
5. Irish law declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance from 1903 – 1970 making it a dry holiday (no beer – not even the green kind!). In 1970 St. Patrick’s Day was reclassified as a national holiday, meaning the law was overturned, allowing beer to become part of the celebration yet again.