Aw. St. Patrick’s Day. St. Paddy’s. Feast of Saint Patrick. La Fheile Padraig. Drink ‘Til You Puke Green Day. St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious (originally just religious) holiday marking the death of Saint Patrick–the most well-known patron saint of Ireland–and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland.
So, since today is St. Paddy’s Day, and the previous two days on The Midnight Goose have involved recipes for your celebratory needs–let’s use today to learn a few facts about the holiday, no matter how unimportant they are:
- Originally, St. Patrick’s Day was a religious holiday in Ireland–and drinking was uncommon. In fact, pubs closed for this holiday. This didn’t change until 1970.
- The shamrock is not the national symbol of Ireland. It’s the harp.
- There are 34.7 million people in the U.S. that have Irish ancestry–that’s more than 7 times the population of Ireland.
- Saint Patrick wore blue, not green.
- Additionally, Saint Patrick was said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. This is a myth, as Ireland has never been home to snakes. “Snakes” may have been a metaphor.
- Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish.
- Corned Beef and Cabbage is not a traditional Irish dish.
- The odds of finding a 4-leaf clover are 1 in 10,000.
- Roughly 5.5 million pints of Guinness are downed on St. Patrick’s Day.
- And the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston, MA on March 18, 1737. Ireland didn’t have their first St. Patrick’s Day parade until 1931 in Dublin.
But don’t let any of these facts keep you from doing you on St. Patrick’s Day and getting crunk, pretending you’re Irish, sleeping with a stranger, and passing out in a ditch. I assume. No matter how you celebrate–Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Until next time…
P.S. If you see me out and about–I won’t be wearing green. Pinch me. See what happens…