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7 Things You Didn’t Know About St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. Celebrated every year on March 17, the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration and public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. But did you know that he wasn’t even Irish? Check out these additional fun facts about this green filled holiday!

  1. Saint Patrick was British but became an Irish saint by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432.
  2. New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the world’s largest parades.
  3. The original celebration color was blue, not green. The official color became green when the holiday became associated with the Irish independence.
  4. Every year since 1962, Chicago celebrates the holiday by dumping 40 tons of green dye into the Chicago River.
  5. According to the St. Patrick’s Day legend and tradition, there are no female leprechauns.
  6. Traditions include wearing green and eating corned beef and cabbage. Look out! If you don’t wear green, you’ll get pinched by people!
  7. You get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day for not wearing green because according to legend, the color green makes you invisible to leprechauns.

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