Do you know the origins behind these common St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Read on to find out.
- St. Patrick Was a British Missionary -Born a British noble during the occupation of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved at 16 in Ireland. He eventually escaped but came back later as a missionary to convert the native Irish.
- The First St. Paddy’s Day Parade Was in America -While St. Patrick’s Day has been an Irish celebration for centuries, the first parade happened in the 1700s to celebrate Irish soldiers in the English army.
- The Shamrock Is A Sham -There’s no evidence that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the trinity to converts, as the old legend goes. The association of the shamrock started around the 17th century when people would wear shamrocks on their coats and end the day by “drowning” it in their whiskey.
- More Than 3 Million Pints of Guinness Are Consumed -Guinness originates in Dublin, Ireland, and roughly 3 million pints of the Irish beer are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day – a drastic change from the typical 600,000 pints every day.
- Poor Irish-Americans Invented Corned Beef and Cabbage -When Irish immigrants came to America, they opted for the cheapest options on the market, with corned beef being the cheapest meat and cabbage being a common spring vegetable.
We at Cambridge Classic Ford hoped you learned something you didn’t know before from reading this list of St. Patrick’s Day traditions!