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Hidden Facts About St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is this weekend and I am sure you are ready to celebrate. BUT, how much do you really know about this festive holiday? 

Here are a few things you may not know about St. Patrick's Day!

  1. The Original Color Was BLUE. 
    • It was originally, "St. Patrick's Blue" and only got the color green when the holiday became associated with the Irish independence movement.
  2. It Used to Be a Dry Holiday 
    • For the longest St. Patrick's Day was strictly a religious holiday and most bars were closed. In the 70s it became a national holiday and the party began.
  3. Three Leaf Clover, Not Four 
    • The Saint originally used a three-leafed plant as his metaphor for the Holy Trinity.
  4. Bar Tab Increase Worldwide 
    • Worldwide, bars gain so much business for the holiday and one year's estimate was $245 million spent on beer!
  5. There Are No Female Leprechauns
    • In traditional Ireland St. Patrick's stories, there are no female leprechauns.
  6. Four Leaf Clover Chances
    • Your chances of actually finding a four-leafed clover are pretty slim, 1 in 10,000 to be exact.


Randi Moultrie - Digital Content Intern

Beasley Media Group - Charlotte, NC