You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day festivities. In fact, St. Patrick was not even Irish. There are countless facts like this one that simply get forgotten as we dress in green, down green beer, and discuss the luck of the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day has grown in popularity over the years, but many of the facts of St. Patrick’s Day are rarely discussed.
Here at STORBOX, our staff loves celebrating the holidays when they are not helping people keep their belongings safe at our Pasadena self storage facility. If you are planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, why not expand your knowledge and impress your fellow partygoers? Here are five things you might not know about St. Patrick’s Day:
- St. Patrick was not Irish. Maewyn Succat was born in Scotland but was kidnapped by Irish raiders when he was a teenager. He attributed his ability to survive the ordeal to God and changed his name to Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, when he joined the church.
- St. Patrick’s Day has nothing to do with snakes! He could not have possibly driven snakes out of Ireland because the island never had any snakes. Snakes were not capable of migrating onto the island because of the icy water.
- St. Patrick was associated with the color blue — not green. When the Order of St. Patrick was established in 1783, a color had to be chosen. Green was already the national color of Ireland and it was the color of the Order of the Thistle, so St. Patrick became officially associated with blue.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in Boston, not Ireland. The Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but many of the largest parades to date are still held outside of Ireland, with the largest being in New York.
- The shamrock doesn’t mean what you think it means. St. Patrick was known for using the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. This linked him to the shamrock and the Irish. One of the reasons the color green is commonly associated with St. Patrick despite his official color being blue is that he would tie green shamrocks to his robes.
We here at STORBOX wish you and yours a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!