Here are a few facts that will help you look super smart on St. Patrick’s Day. Be ready to impress your friends!
- You’ll see it or hear it everywhere today, and, in case you didn’t already know, Erin go Bragh translates to "Ireland forever."
- The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737. Dublin didn’t host a parade until the 1930s.
- St. Patrick isn’t technically a “saint” in the Catholic Church. He died long before the canonization of saints began and was considered a saint before the Middle Ages. Despite this technicality, the Church recognizes his feast day.
- St. Patrick’s real name? Meawyn Succat.
- At any given time, there are more Americans of Irish descent living in the US than there are actually Irishmen living in Ireland.
- St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to anyone who would listen. It was a native plant on the Emerald Isle, and it worked perfectly to illustrate the idea of the Holy Trinity.
- 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Ireland is the only country in the world that has a musical instrument as it’s national symbol -- the harp.
- The traditional Irish toast is "Slainté!" (pronounced SLAN-cha) meaning "health."
Don't forget to whip up some St. Paddy's Day brownies for a tasty celebration!
However you celebrate St. Patrick's Day (and even if you don't!), we here at greenshield organic hope it's a happy one!