5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Facts You Never Knew

Top o’ the morning to ya! Most of us know we need to wear green today on this Irish Patron Day of Saint Patrick but do you know why? Here are 5 fun St. Patrick’s Day facts you never knew!

1.) True blue Irish fans should wear blue: Saint Patrick’s color of choice to don was always “Saint Patrick’s blue,” a light shade. In several artworks depicting the saint, he is shown wearing blue vestments. The color green only became associated with St. Patrick’s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century. Some say the color green was also chosen because of the greenness of the Irish countryside. They don’t call it the “Emerald Isle” for nothing!

2.) Saint Patrick was not Irish: Not only was Saint Patrick not Irish, he wasn’t even from Ireland! Patrick's parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Wales or Scotland.

3.) Cue the green beer: All of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the globe are great news for brewers. A 2012 estimate pegged the total amount spent on beer for St. Patrick’s Day festivities at $245 million. Guess that makes March 18th International Hangover Day.

4.) Patrick was not his real name: You read that correctly! Saint Patrick was not even the patron Saint’s real name! His birth name was Maewyn Succat, but Ireland’s patron saint changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest. So technically, we could all be celebrating Saint Maewyn’s Day!

5.) Four leaf clover fun: Four-leaf clovers, which are rare variations of the common three-leaved clover, were Celtic charms presumed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck. But you’ll be searching for one for a long time because your odds of finding a lucky four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.

We hope you enjoyed these 5 fun St. Patrick’s Day facts. Have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Frank Russo

Russo Team

RE/MAX Professionals



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