St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17 across the globe. Shades of green and shamrocks decorate various cities during this holiday. You don’t want to be caught without something green on this merry day. Depending on where you go the celebration can get pretty crazy. According to the Travel website the top places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day are: Boston, Chicago, New York, Savannah, and San Francisco. Beyond all the green festivities, lies a fascinating religious history. Here are five things you may not know about St. Patties Day:
- St Patrick’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland who is acknowledged for bringing Christianity into the country.
- St Patrick explained the Holy Trinity using the three clovers on the shamrock.
- This Roman Catholic saint’s birth name was Maewyn Succat. He was not born Irish, but British.
- The first parade for St Patrick’s Day took place in the U.S instead of Ireland.
- For Irish natives this is a very religious holiday. Up until the 1970’s it was mandatory for pubs to be closed on this day in Ireland.
Information credited by history.com