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Today is St. Patrick’s Day, but as we found out from our friends at Kaboose.com, there’s more to the holiday than eating corned beef, cabbage, green mashed potatoes and drinking green beer. Here are 10 fun facts about the holiday and the Irish:

St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland but celebrated in many parts of the world.

In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours.

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival in mid-March that features a parade, family carnivals, a treasure hunt and more.There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, Massachusetts since 1737. Montreal is home to Canada’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade, which began in 1824. Dublin, Calif. has a parade too. It was last weekend.

St. Patrick was born in 385 AD somewhere along the west coast of Britain, possibly in the Welsh town of Banwen. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.

The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as “the Emerald Isle.”

The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
 
The name lephrechaun has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word “leipreachan,” which means “a kind of aqueous sprite.” Or, it could be from “leath bhrogan,” which means “shoemaker.”

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14.

Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.--KB
 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 April 2012 03:31)

 

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