9 Fascinating Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

My first month in Ireland was the hardest which is expected because it was my first time to be away from my family. Such time is when you wish life was easier. If I could only stay at home where my mom would pay me for washing the dishes or sweeping the floor. But that is not how life works. Adulting is real! I felt it was as if I was awakened from a deep slumber when I realized that this is really is it. As a result, to eradicate homesickness, my antidote is to unwind with my housemates.
Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated days in Ireland. We were fortunate that we arrived in February although the weather was gloomy. Paddy’s day is commemorated on the 17th of March. It was a Saturday and because I and my batchmates were still under the Clinical Adaptation Program that time, we were all off during the weekends. This means—party and get together! Of course, we wouldn’t miss it for the world to witness the parade and the celebration. The ambitious us even bought green accessories that day to be one with the people.
When we arrived, there were a lot of people, tourists, and residents in the City Centre already. Dublin Bus had notified commuters beforehand about the rerouting because of the parade so it was a long walk for the expectants. Because of the big crowd, it seems not possible to witness the floats and the exhibitions so we decided to just watch it on the big screen.
So, here are some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day
  • Bostonians hosted the very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1737.
  • The patron saint of Ireland was not born in the Emerald Isle.
  • The national symbol for St. Patrick’s Day, the three-leaf shamrock, represents Trinity.
  • Erin goes Bragh means Ireland Forever.
  • President Harry S. Truman was the first president to attend Paddy’s Day Parade in 1948.
  • The color green is associated with the color of Ireland,
    shamrock, and spring.
  • Hugh Beaver is an Irish native who started the idea of making a book of records now known as the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • More than 30 million of Americans claim Irish origin which is more than the number of Irish in Ireland.
  • In the Irish legend, leprechauns are fairies and shoe-makers.

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