Everything You Need To Know About St. Patrick’s Day

BY DESIREE CONSTANCE CHOY

Can you get through this list in the time it takes to down a Guinness? Go!

1. St. Patrick, the man who the tradition is named after, was not actually Irish… or named Patrick. Maewyn Succat was born in Great Britain.

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2. Corned beef and cabbage, a dish most associated with Irish culture, is more American than anything else. Working class Irish-Americans had the dish often, thanks to the low cost of its materials.

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3. On St. Patrick’s day, over 3 million pints are consumed/chugged. Did we mention the holiday was a dry holiday until 1970?!

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4. While the population of Ireland is a little more than 4 million, the Irish-American population is a whopping 34 million!

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5. The festive parades and highly visible celebrations of St. Patrick begun in America, home of lavish parties and the love of dress-up. Flaunt your most flattering shades of green!

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6. But wait! Hate to break the news, but original color of St. Patrick was blue. #mindblown

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7. March 17 actually celebrates the day St. Patrick died.

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8. The harp, not the shamrock, is the symbol of Ireland. Your chances of finding a four leaf clover? 1 in 10,000.

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9. So why the shamrock? St. Patrick purportedly used the shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity—The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

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10. When Irish populations first began to migrate to America, they faced harsh discrimination and were seen as second-class citizens. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day not only unified the Irish populations, but also created a strong sense of solidarity and pride among the Irish that still exists today.

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Done? Now here’s are some tips for the best way to enjoy your Guinness.

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