Today everyone is a little Irish and lets be serious, we could all use a little extra bit of luck these days?!
So in honor of this festive day, here are a few of our favorite fun facts.
Photography: Kate Headley
1. ST. PATRICK!
St. Patrick is one of the most famous patron saints of Ireland: According to the legend, he brought Christianity to the island and made the shamrock fashionable. The holiday marks St. Patrick’s death and has been observed as a religious holiday in Ireland for over 1500 years.
2. AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY
Ireland only officially started celebrating the day in 1903, it used to be a quiet and religious holiday – until the 1960s, when a law allowed pubs to open on St. Paddy’s Day.
It’s said that St. Patrick used shamrocks (aka clovers) to explain the holy trinity (God, Son and Holy Spirit) to the Irish. The Celts believed that each leaf of the clover has a meaning. St. Patrick started several churches, schools and monasteries and made the clover popular.
4. GOING GREEN
It’s all about going green! Well in terms of beer, food, hair and clothing that is and the coloring doesn’t stop there – rivers, monuments and even ski resorts have all been know to have turned green to commemorate this festive occasion.
5. A PARADE
Besides the drinking and green-wearing, watching or participating in a parade is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
During St. Patrick’s Day, the worldwide consumption of Guinness almost triples – from 5.5 million pints on a regular day to 13 million pints – Cheers!