5 Fun Facts | St. Patty's Day

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

So, last year I talked about how I celebrate St. Patrick's Day and how they used to celebrate back in the day. This year I thought I'd keep it a bit lighter and just do some fun facts in regards to the great Irish celebration!

You'd think the reason behind this celebration would be a joyous occasion...well, it's not. March 17 is the day that St. Patrick passed away in 461 A.D. Although his death was kind of forgotten, around the 9th and 10th century people in Ireland began commemorating March 17 with a feast. Yes my friends, it wasn't always about getting ridiculously drunk and wearing green. (SOURCE)

Did you know the official color should actually be blue since St. Patrick's color was a shade of blue?

The emphasis of the color green came around during the 18th century when it became linked to Irish independence. Today it's kind of obvious to see how green became the color most closely associated with St. Patrick's Day: it's in the Irish flag, Ireland is known as the "Emerald Isle," and you can't forget about the shamrocks! (SOURCE)

Speaking of the shamrock, where did they come from and why are they associated with St. Patty's Day? Well, according to legend, St. Patrick used shamrocks (three-leaf clovers) to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Spirit) while converting people to Christianity. (SOURCE)

So, why are four-leaf clovers lucky? Well, from what I found on the wonderfully vast internet, it's probably because they're very rare (for every 10,000 shamrocks, you'll find 1 four-leaf clover!) If you do find a four-leaf clover, each leaf actually signifies something: faith, hope, love and luck. (SOURCE)

Ever wondered what these little ginger men had to do with St. Patrick's Day?

Well, it's basically just because they're Irish! According to Irish folklore, leprechauns are said to be "shoemakers who socked away their profits in pots at the ends of rainbows, or scattered them around in mountains, forests or rocks." If I worked that hard, I wouldn't want people taking my gold either!

Also, the whole pinching people if they're not wearing green thing comes from the belief that leprechauns can only see people who aren't wearing green. Weird, huh? (SOURCE) Another fun fact, there are NO female leprechauns. o; (SOURCE)


You can't talk about St. Patrick's Day and not talk about beer.

Even though St. Patrick's Day used to be a religious holiday, (yeah it used to be a DRY holiday) it eventually evolved into a day to celebrate and drink with friends, thanks to us good ole Americans.

It's estimated that in 2012, $245 million was spent on beer on St. Patrick's Day, not even including the tips! (SOURCE)

While the majority of the world is out drinking and getting wild, I'm sat here finishing up this post and about to indulge in one of my guilty pleasures: KUWTK. Yepp...Happy St. Patty's Day!

Did you know any of these fun facts? Do you know anymore fun facts?

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  1. I always enjoy your fact posts so much. This really is interesting, it's great to learn more about a holiday but especially lesser known things.


  2. Aww, thanks Danielle! That makes me so happy! :D Yeah, I do posts about holidays every year but I always learn something new, it's awesome. (:

    Lots of Love,