Did you know these lesser-known facts about St. Patrick’s Day?
Most American children know that St. Patrick’s Day is the day to wear green clothes while adults enjoy odd-looking green beer, but few people know what they are celebrating and why the holiday is so important. To kick off St. Paddy’s Day (March 17th), here are some lesser-known facts about the holiday.
St. Patrick wasn’t named Patrick.
His birth name was Maewyn Succat, but Ireland’s patron saint changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest.
March 17th is when Patrick died.
Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and his holy day is the day of his death and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth.
St. Patrick wasn’t Irish.
Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians, and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe.
St. Patrick’s color is not green.
The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue. Because the Saint preached about the Holy Trinity through the symbol of the shamrock and the Irish are associated with green, it became the most common color connected with him.
The shamrock was originally a teaching tool.
St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
Good luck finding a four-leaf clover.
The odds of finding a four-leaf clover on your first try is 1 in 10,000.
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