Whether you are Irish or not, chances are you have partaken in some sort of festivities for Saint Patrick’s Day. Of course Saint Patrick was a patron saint of Ireland, but how did millions of Americans come to celebrate his day? Here are some quick facts to get you caught up:
- The Patron Saint of Ireland died on March 17, 461 AD.
- The day was made an official Christian feast day (Feast of Saint Patrick) in the early 17th century.
- When millions of Irish immigrants came to America in the 1800’s they brought their potatoes, shamrocks, Guinness, and love of Saint Patrick.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Boston in 1737
- The largest St. Patrick’s day parade is held in New York City, with over 2 million spectators
- Chicago uses over 40 pounds of dye to turn its river green for the day
- Most people celebrate by wearing green, decorating, making special Irish food, and partaking in Irish festivities
- 34.7 million U.S. Residents claim Irish ancestry, which is more than 7 times the population of Ireland
So what does all of this mean? We American’s love celebrating the Feast of Saint Patrick, whether we have an Irish ancestor or not. I myself have the Irish blood so I will be celebrating with my family and fellow Irish American’s tonight.
With spring break ending this weekend it’s time to starting getting back to into the normal school routine. That means picking up those books, checking your emails, and continuing to write that term paper that is due in a couple weeks.
Were more than half way to the end of the semester so hit the books hard and finish strong!
(Irish motivation puppy)