St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick, is a worldwide celebration of Irish culture held on March 17. It is a day devoted to St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who became one of the first people to bring Christianity to Ireland during the fifth century. 1   Today, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture amongst Irish and non-Irish alike with parades, music, food, drinking, and all things green.

Here are some additional facts surrounding St. Patrick that might surprise you: 2

  1. Despite his Irish notoriety, St. Patrick was an Englishman born to Roman parents in what is now England. 
  2. The shamrock was used as a symbol of the holy trinity when preaching.
  3. The original color for St. Patrick’s Day was actually blue and not green.
  4. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737.
  5. Legend tells of St. Patrick using the power of his faith to banish all of Ireland’s snakes into the sea.
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