5 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day
With St. Patrick’s Day just a few short weeks away, we thought it would be fun to share some lesser-known facts about the holiday! We didn’t know some of these facts — did you?
- We Should Really Wear Blue
Saint Patrick’s color was “Saint Patrick’s blue,” which is a light shade of blue. The color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.
- It Used to be a Dry Holiday
For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was strictly a religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17. Then in 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing.
- There’s a Reason for the Shamrocks
According to Irish legend, the Saint Patrick used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
- There’s No Corn in that Beef
Corned beef and cabbage, a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day staple, doesn’t have anything to do with the grain corn. Instead, it’s a nod to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.”
- The World Runs Up Quite a Bar Tab
All of the Saint Patrick’s Day revelry around the globe is great news for brewers. A 2012 estimate pegged the total amount spent on beer for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations at $245 million!
Want to learn more? For the complete list of “15 Delightful Facts About St. Patrick’s Day,” please read on at Mental Floss’ website.