Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland but it is a holiday that is celebrated all over the world too. It is very big in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia!
On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks or green clothing / accessories. The wearing of the green, the colour associated with Catholics in Ireland. Patrick is believed to of used the Shamrock which is a three leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity.
Heres some facts about St Patricks day you might not of known!
- St Patricks day started in 1762 and has taken place over 250 times. Each place 5.5 million people visit St Patricks Cathedral in New York City!
- In the US theres more than 450 churches named for St Patricks day.
- Patrick was bron in Britain not Ireland. At age 16 Patrick was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave. Patrick does manage to escape though and believes he’d been called to spread the word of God.
- Did you know in the US 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced.
- The first St Patricks day parade took place in the US on 1762 when Irish Soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- Many bars in America serve green beer to celebrate the day!
- there are roughly 35 million U.S residents with Irish ancestry which is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
This is a Shamrock. A low-growing clover-like plant with three-lobed leaves, used as the national emblem of Ireland.
The hydro in Glasgow lights itself green to celebrate St Patricks Day.
The Eiffel Tower also celebrates St Patricks day by turning green.