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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here Are Some Fun Facts About The Holiday

March 17, 2012 by John Rook

Erin Go Bragh!!!!
It's St. Patrick's Day, where green is suddenly the national color and seeing someone with a large shamrock painted on their cheek isn't cause for concern.
Throughout the day, people all across the country will be venturing out to favorite watering holes, or to family and friends' houses, to partake in some traditional Irish cuisine and maybe even listen to classic Celtic tunes (along with, of course, whetting their whistles).
While you might celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you might not know much about it's history or traditions. Not to fear. We have taken the time to list a few of the more interesting factoids surrounding the event.
Here's what you need to know about everyone's favorite "green" holiday:

*St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.

*Thirty-four million Americans have Irish ancestry, according to the 2003 US Census. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.

*The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.

*The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick's Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.

Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick actually wasn't Irish. It isn't known exactly where he was born, but most historians point to the southwest portion of Britain as his likely homeland. St. Patrick was actually kidnapped and brought to Ireland, where he was forced to work for many years.

*Drinking a pint of Guinness is a tradition on St. Patrick's Day, but your doctor might approve as well. According to research, Guinness may help to lower the chance for blood clots and help lower heart attack risk (when consumed in moderation, of course).

*In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

The Cheshire Herald reminds everyone to drink responsibly and not to drink and drive.

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!

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