10 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – So, you might think St. Patrick’s Day is just a day to wear green clothing, drink green beer and pinch people. NOT!

It is actually rich in history and tradition.

In fact, we did some checking and the top ten fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day according to Catholic Online are:

10.  March 17 is when Patrick died. Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church and his holy day is the day of his death.

9.  St. Patrick was not Irish. His parents were Roman citizens living in England.

8.  St. Patrick was a slave. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16 and sold as a slave. He spent years in Ireland herding sheep.

7.  St. Patrick used the shamrock to preach about the trinity.

6.  Legend says St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. There is no evidence that snakes existed in Ireland. Some scholars say ‘snakes’ is figurative, referring to pagan religious beliefs.

5.  Patrick’s color is blue. It is not green as commonly believed. He is shown wearing blue vestments in most artworks.

4.  The shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland. It is a popular symbol, but not ‘the’ symbol. The official symbol is the harp.

3.  St. Patrick’s Day in the US has a strong political history. the Irish were often discriminated against during the mid-19th century. So, Irish people organized politically, using the day as a stepping stone.

2.  St. Patrick’s was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970. St. Patrick’s Day was a religious observance, so that meant no beer!

And, the number one fun fact about St. Patrick’s Day: Your odds of finding a four leaf clover are 1 in 10,000!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

 

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