Things you probably didn’t know about St Patrick or St. Patrick’s Day


st pats dayHappy St. Patrick’s Day and faith and begorrah to you all.  Everybody loves to be Irish on this day and I love to find fun trivia about the day.  The following is what I unearthed.

About St. Patrick 

  • St Patrick was born in Firth of Clyde in Northern Britain (Scotland).
  • His birth name was Succath.
  • When he was sixteen, Succath was kidnapped by Irish raiders along with his two sisters.  They were all sold into slavery in Ireland.
  • He was a slave for six years before he escaped and returned to his home and family in Briton
  • He came to believe that his kidnapping and enslavement was because he didn’t believe in God.
  • Years after he returned to Briton he had a vision from God.  This compelled him to study Christianity and eventually led him to Rome where he was baptized as “Patrick.”
  • He became a bishop and then returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.
  • The legend goes that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, but since Ireland never had any snakes, it is believed that this was a metaphor.  And the snakes were symbolic of ‘evil’ or pagan idols.

About St. Patrick’s Day

  • St. Patrick’s Day was a relatively minor religious holiday in Ireland until the 1970s.
  • In America, New York City hosted the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1762, and by the mid-19th century parades were common.
  • In 1962, officials in Chicago decided to dye a portion of the Chicago River green.
  • The tradition started when parade organizer Steve Bailey who was also the head of a plumber’s union noticed how a dye used to trace sources of river pollution had stained a worker’s overalls a brilliant green. Bailey thought, why not use the dye to turn the whole river green on St. Patrick’s Day? And a tradition was born.
  • Corned beef and cabbage isn’t an Irish traditional dish and is more American than Irish. The dish is a variation of a traditional Irish meal that included bacon. But because early Irish-Americans were poor, corned beef was a cheaper alternative, and cabbage happened to be a springtime vegetable. And thus deliciousness was born.
  • Irish stout is the drink of choice on St. Patrick’s Day. On St. Patrick’s Day, about 3 million pints of Guinness are downed.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day.  Be safe, be free and be Irish.

Writer O’ Chick

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