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Five Things You May Not Know about St Patricks Day

posted on March 11 2017

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An anomaly holiday, St Patrick's Day may have started as a celebration to Ireland's Patron Saint who expelled 'snakes' or converted Irish pagans to Christianity but these days it's one of Ireland's strongest exports celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. 

I remember the sheer number of people on the the streets in Buenos Aires. Green swathes of colour celebrating the Irish charm and love of a party. It's a holiday that touches so many people. About 12 percent of Americans claim Irish ancestry and more than 80 million people worldwide have an ancestral connection to this emerald isle. 

Five Things You May Not Know about St Patricks Day

1) It's St Paddy's not St Patty's 

"Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig: the source of those mysterious, emerald double-Ds. Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella. There isn’t a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as “Patty”. It’s as simple as that." According to the helpful folks at Paddy Not Thanks guys.

2) The greenest stunt in the world Dying Chicago River's Kelly Green

It's likely you've heard of this huge undertaking but watching the time lapse video by Chris B Photo is spellbinding.

3) Boston's most famous bagel baker Kooples makes a mean Green Bagel.

Buy it, eat it, love it. Why Boston? Sure they were the first to celebrate St Patrick's Day with a parade March 18, 1737, followed by the New York Parade, which first took place in 1762. It wasn't for another 100 years before Ireland jumped on the parade band wagon in Dublin in 1931.

Green Bagels at Kupels Bagels in Boston

4) Four leaf clover brings you luck?

Well it's actually a three leaf clover for St Patricks Day which we only discovered after designing our shopping edit above. Oops. St. Patrick used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity, 1. Father 2. Son and 3. Holy Spirit.

5) St Patrick wasn't born in Ireland.

Turns out Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain at the end of the 4th century AD. He was taken to Ireland by slaves in his teenage years. Kidnapped and later in Ireland he is said to have found god. The exact place of his birth is debated by historians, some say Wales others say Scotland but he's definitely known as Irish.

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