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7 Fun Facts About St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday celebrated around the world, but how much do you really know about it? Sure, you might know about the parades, the green beer, and the shamrocks, but did you know that the original color associated with St. Patrick was actually blue, not green? Or that corned beef and cabbage, a classic St. Patrick's Day meal in the United States, is not actually an Irish dish?

Here are seven fun facts you probably didn't know about St. Patrick's Day:



St Patrick's Day Hat, Coins, and Beads.
St Patrick's Day Hat, Coins, and Beads.

  1. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was actually born in Britain, not Ireland. He was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was 16 years old.

  2. The first St. Patrick's Day parade was not held in Ireland, but in New York City in 1762. The parade was organized by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.

  3. The Chicago River is dyed green every year on St. Patrick's Day. The tradition began in 1962 when city officials dyed the river green to celebrate the holiday.

  4. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was traditionally a religious holiday and pubs were closed. However, in recent years it has become a more secular holiday with celebrations and parades.

  5. The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue, not green. The color green became associated with the holiday later, likely due to Ireland's lush green landscapes.

  6. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day meal in the United States, but it is not actually an Irish dish. It is believed to have originated in the United States as a substitute for Irish bacon, which was too expensive for most immigrants.

  7. St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Ireland, but it is also widely celebrated in other countries, such as the United States, Canada, and Australia.

So there you have it, seven fun facts you probably didn't know about St. Patrick's Day. Whether you're Irish or not, this holiday is a great excuse to celebrate with friends and family, and now you have a little extra knowledge to impress them with. So make sure you're appliances are functioning properly with T&C Appliance/Hvac Repair so you can serve up a traditional meal.

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