The first major holiday of the Springtime is upon us, and it is amazing how many unique facts exist about St. Patrick's Day! For example:
Did you know that approximately 35 million U.S. residents have Irish ancestry? In fact, that is 7 times more Irish representation that the entire country of Ireland!
We've got a plentiful of additional St. Patrick's Day fun facts to share with you on this interesting holiday!
The History of St. Patrick's Day, and it's Impact on America
- St. Patrick’s Day was inspired by the patron saint of Ireland, who is said to have baptized up to 100,000 people after his conversion to Christianity.
- The shamrock was first popularized as a representation of the Holy Trinity.
- The first St. Patrick’s day celebration was hosted in Boston in 1737 (nearly 40 years before the American Revolution!).
- To celebrate the holiday, Chicago’s river was dyed green for the first time in 1962.
- Beer is the most commonly consumed alcoholic beverage on St. Patrick’s Day, with Guinness being the #1 choice.
In fact, St. Patrick's Day is often the biggest day of the year for many restaurants, bars and pubs. Some see sales increase by 137%!
- The likeliness of finding a four-leaf clover is about 1 in 10,000.
- The national symbol of Ireland is actually the harp, not a shamrock. Additionally, Ireland has never depicted a female Leprechaun!
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!