St Patrick’s Day occurs each year on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In the 17th century this was considered a religious feast day. Over time, St. Patrick ’s Day has evolved into a day of various festivals across the globe where Irish culture is celebrated with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.
- 90% of American celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
- On this feast day, the traditional dish is corned beef and cabbage.
- The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th Century.
- St. Patrick was born to Roman parents in modern-day England.
- The shamrock is the floral emblem of Ireland. Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity.
- Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
- There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself. Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German.
- Irish ranks among the top five ancestries in every state except Hawaii and New Mexico. It is the leading ancestry group in Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- There are approximately 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland.
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