Ahhh…St. Patrick’s Day! To me this day was always a sign that spring was right around the corner. But as I did a little research on this celebratory day, I learned a lot of interesting facts that I did not know so I wanted to share!
- St. Patrick was actual of Scottish descent, not Irish. And his name actually isn’t even Patrick! His real name is Maewyn Succat. However, he was kidnapped and sold into Irish slavery at the age of 16. When he became a priest later in life, he took the name Patricius, better known as Patrick.
- The original color that was related back to St. Patrick was actually blue, not green!
- The Chicago River is dyed green every year on this day, using 40 pounds of green vegetable dye.
- This holiday is a big sales day for Hallmark. They’ve been selling St. Patrick’s Day cards since the 1920’s and today sell anywhere from 8-15 million cards on this special day.
- Hallmark isn’t the only company that makes out big on this day – so does McDonalds with their infamous Shamrock Shake, which they typically begin offering in late February or early March – and have been since 1970!
- The shamrock is the official flower of Ireland and the four leaves of the clover represent faith, love, hope and of course, luck!