Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This annual day is celebrated by many but not many know too many facts about its origin and the celebration it’s become today. In honor of the fun, green celebration, let’s take a closer look!
- Patrick, the man who this Irish holiday is named after, wasn’t Irish. He was British.
- Patrick’s day is celebrated every year on March 17th, the supposed date of his death.
- Every year in Chicago, 40 pounds of green dye is used to turn the Chicago River green.
- More than 100,000 people watch the river change colors each year.
- The dye lasts for about 5 hours.
- It is estimated that 39% of the American population celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.
- 25% decorate their home or office
- 31% attend a party
- 34% make a special dinner
- 83% wear green
- Sales of Guinness skyrocket on St. Patrick’s Day. Figures show that around 11 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick’s
Day, while a normal day sees only 5.5 million pints consumed.
- Sales, in general, skyrocket on St. Patrick’s Day. It is estimated that spending reaches up to $4.14 billion (yes, billion with a b).
- Originally, the color blue was associated with the day instead of green because blue was St. Patrick’s color. It wasn’t until the late 18th century during the Irish independence movement that the color switched to green.
- The reigning title holder of the “Shortest Parade” is the town of Hot Springs, Arizona. It spans 98-feet on Bridge Street. The previous title holder was Dripsey in County Cork. It stretched 77-feet, the distance between two pubs. This parade took place for 9 years, ending upon the closing of one of the pubs.
- The first recorded parade took place in New York City in 1762 and has taken place more 250 times. The parade stretches 2.1 miles, lasts 5-6 hours, has 150,000-250,000 marchers, and around 2 million spectators. Keeping to tradition, the parade features no floats or vehicles, only people.
- Annually, about 8 million St. Patrick’s Day cards are exchanged in America.
How do you celebrate this fun holiday?