It’s a time for merriment, celebration and if you’re 21 and over a pint of Guinness! St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but do you know when it is and why we toast the Irish saint? Here’s everything you need to know!
It’s a tradition toasted all over the world as we celebrate all things Irish on St. Patrick’s Day with a good pint of Guinness or a shot of Jameson’s, if you’re of the drinking age! But who is St. Patrick and why do we enjoy this day on him? Here’s 5 facts that you can drop into conversation with your pals in the pub that’ll make you appear like you’re in the know!
1. When is St. Patrick’s Day?
Like every year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Mar., 17, where all across America there will be many celebrations in the form of wild pub parties to kid-friendly parades with fun floats. Just remember to book the next day off work to nurse your hangover!
2. Who is Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland. He was believed to have been a missionary in Ireland in the late 5th century. According to the confession of Patrick he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain when he was around 16-years-old. He worked as a slave in Ireland for 6 years, before escaping and returning to his family.
3. Why do we wear green?
Well, green is the color of the three-leaved shamrock plant, of course! It is said in the scriptures that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
4. Which celebrities are likely to be celebrating?
There are tons of famous Irish faces that will be enjoying the festivities in one way or another. The likes of One Direction‘s Niall Horan and U2’s Bono are likely to enjoy a tipple. Michael Fassbender and Liam Neeson will also be toasting their Irish roots.
5. It could’ve been called Saint Maewyn’s Day!
That’s right, folks. St. Patrick’s real name was actually Maewyn Succat. He changed his name to Patricius when he became a priest.
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