St Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day is widely known as an annual feast day celebration of Ireland. It is traditionally a religious celebration on March 17th, but is now also celebrated all around the world that anyone can join in the celebrations! Check out some of the fun facts below and impress your mates with some St Paddy’s Day trivia.

  • Sydney has celebrated St. Pat’s Day for over 200 years. It was first marked by the Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, in 1810 as a day of entertainment for Irish workers.
  • St. Patrick was not Irish! He was from Wales. He is remembered for bringing Christianity to Ireland.
  • The shamrock is Ireland’s national flower. It is one of the main symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. According to Irish legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
  • Most people, even non-Irish, wear green on this day. An Irish tradition is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green! However, blue was the colour originally associated with St. Patrick. The colour green became officially associated with the day in 1798.
  • It was once a dry holiday. As with many Saints’ days, St Paddy’s Day was a strict religious holiday and, therefore, sobriety was observed with pubs and bars traditionally closing for business on 17 March. When, in 1970, the day was made a national holiday, the pubs reopened, and the green beer and stout flowed forth.
  • Ireland was not the first place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It was first celebrated with a parade in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. Ireland’s first parade was in 1903.
  • Around 11 million pints of Guinness are consumed each St. Patrick’s Day, double the usual flow. Reports reveal that the total amount spent on beer around the globe on 17 March is around A$315 million.
  • The leprechaun is an unfriendly Irish fairy. If you catch one they are forced to tell you where their pot of gold is!
  • It is believed that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but according to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to snakes as it was too cold to host reptiles during the Ice Age.