St. Patrick's Day Trivia

a sign celebrating St. Patrick's Day surrounded by gold coins

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your friends here at your Peachtree Place apartment! Sure, it’s not quite the actual day yet, but it’s never too early to start celebrating. If you’re looking for a way to wow your friends and family on this exciting holiday, try out these fun St. Patrick’s Day facts.

— Maewyn Succat is Saint Patrick’s real name. “After becoming a priest, Maewyn adopted the name “Patrick” which means ‘well-born’ in Latin.”

— For every 4-leaf clover, there are 10,000 three-leaf clovers.

— In Irish folklore, Leprechauns are actually fairies and shoe-makers, not just the typical little creatures searching for gold.

— St. Patrick’s Day is a holy day in Ireland, similar to Christmas or Easter in the United States.

— Although St. Patrick’s Day originates from Ireland, the Americans are the first ones to have a St. Patrick’s Day parade. It first took place in 1762 and still happens each year.

— “St. Patrick is a hero in Ireland. And there are about 60 churches and cathedrals named for him in Ireland alone.”

— St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because Saint Patrick died this day in 461 AD.

— St Patrick wasn’t actually born in Ireland. The story goes that “[he] was taken there by [marauders] who raided his family's estate in Wales and held him captive as a slave in Ireland for six years.”

— After being a shepherd in Ireland, Saint Patrick went back to England where he established a Christian church.

— The Chicago River is dyed green every year in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. This started in 1962.

— “There are more people with Irish ancestry in the United States (34 million) than in Ireland (4.2 million).”

Do you have any other interesting or fun St. Patrick’s Day trivia? If so, share it with us in the comments below! Have a fun and safe holiday here in Columbia, SC.