Saint Patrick’s Day Facts

By | March 18, 2019

Saint Patrick’s Day Facts

From wearing green to eating corned beef to celebrating on March 17, how much do you really know about the actual history of St. Patrick’s Day.

We have put together some interesting facts about Saint Patrick’s Day. Read on.

St. Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat.

Guess you are shocked right? Yes, you read that correctly. Maewyn Succat was his name until he changed it to Patrick when he became a bishop.

March 17th is not Saint Patrick’s birthday.

St. Patrick’s Day observers who might have thought they were celebrating the saint’s birthday will be surprised to learn that March 17, 461 AD is actually the day he died.

Restaurants are Offering St. Patrick’s Day 2019 Deals

St. Patrick’s Day is not about drinking green beer.

Applebee’s and Chili’s are among the franchises offering deals. For donut lovers, Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts are both running specials.

Arby’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Cracker Barrel, and Dairy Queen all are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with special offers.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade happened in America, not Ireland.

The first parade took place in New York City in 1762. With an increase of Irish immigrants coming into the United States, St. Patrick’s Day quickly became a widespread holiday.

Everyone should be wearing blue, not green.

Blue was actually the color that was most associated with Patrick and green was considered unlucky. Blue is still considered symbolic of Ireland – so how did green become the go-to hue for those who don’t want to get pinched?

Historically, green has been the color that’s been linked to a series of Irish rebellions that took place in order to gain independence from the English crown.

The color stuck once waves of Irish immigrants made their home in America and began wearing green and carrying the Irish flag to show their pride for their home country.