Week of March 13 – St. Patrick’s Day Trivia

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Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue.  Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick’s day grew. Green ribbons and  shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.

The traditional food of St. Patrick’s Day is Corned Beef and Cabbage.

St. Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903. Prior to that, it was only observed as a religious holiday.

Saint Patrick was known for banishing dangerous animals.

If you were celebrating the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, you would wear a small bunch of shamrocks on your cap or jacket and, if you are a female, you would wear green ribbons in your hair.

Not surprisingly, the first American city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day was Boston, Massachusetts, first taking place in the year 1737.

The world’s smallest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in Dripsey, County Cork. It lasts for only 25 meters and goes from a pub…to a pub!

The word “leprechaun” comes from the Irish Gaelic word “leiprechan”, which was originally an underwater sprite.

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