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

Morgan Culton, Staff Writer

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March 17 is popularly known as a day for drinking, partying, pinching, and wearing green, but the history of this Irish holiday is often overlooked.

So, in honor of this upcoming holiday, here are seven things that you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day.

 

1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish.

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Patrick was actually born to Roman parents in modern-day England in 385 AD (Catholic.org).

 

2. The holiday could have been known as “St. Maewyn’s Day.”

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Legend says that Patrick was actually born with the name of Maewyn Succat but had his name changed after he became a priest (Mentalfloss.com).

 

3. St. Patrick’s color was not green, but blue.

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Although this holiday is traditionally strictly green, Patrick was actually depicted in several paintings wearing blue. It wasn’t until later that green was introduced, which was likely due to a connection made to Ireland’s green countryside (Catholic.org).

 

4. St. Patrick was a slave.

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Patrick was abducted by Irish raiders when he was sixteen years old and sold as a slave in Ireland. After six years of herding sheep, he managed to escape (Catholic.org).

 

5. St. Patrick did not banish the snakes from Ireland.

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Despite the popular story that St. Patrick had rid Ireland entirely of snakes, there is evidence that post-glacial Ireland was never home to snakes to begin with. So there were no snakes to banish (List25.com)!

 

6. Corned beef and cabbage shouldn’t actually have corn.

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The traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage was originally without corn. The corn was added later as a concession to the grains of salt, called “corns,” that were used to cure meat back in the day (Mentalfloss.com).

 

7. Guinness consumption more than doubles on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Globally, about 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed each day. But on St. Patrick’s Day, that amount exceeds 13 million pints. That is 1,625,000 gallons of Guinness (List25.com).

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