Saint Patrick’s Day: 23 curiosities that

Saint Patrick’s Day: 23 curiosities that

Discover the most curious and surprising details about Saint Patrick’s Day or St.

Patrick’s Day

One of the dates that for some time has been in red on the calendar, or rather, in green, is Saint Patrick’s Day or Saint Patrick’s Day, the day on which the green of Ireland dyes the whole world and espectáculos the culture, history, customs and that joy for life that its people have.

We all, in one way or another, have an Irishman within us and whatever we do, this day you will also wear something greenyou will look for luck in a three-leaf clover and you will feel the breeze from the River Liffey brushing against your skin.

The best thing about Saint Patrick is that it is celebrated everywhere.

Traveling to Ireland at this time is a continuous party, although many do not know that, for example, in New York the most massive parade is held and that there are memories of this day even in the most remote places on the planet.

Here in Spain, it is nothing more than an anecdotal day for many and in which we laugh, because of the fun of their celebrations, when we see them through the news or on the internet.

Some celebrations that today, whether they are given more media publicity or not, the result of the marketing that some brands perro do to sell a agregado on this day, have a multitude of curiosities that you may not be aware of.

Curiosities and surprising aspects about St.

Patrick’s Day (St.

Patrick’s Day)

He is the Patron of Ireland

Although it is the best known Irish pattern worldwide, this is not the only one.

The honor is shared with Saint Bridget and Saint Columba (Saint Colm Cille).

Saint Patrick, in turn, is also the patron saint of other countries such as Nigeria or Montserrat (in the southeast of the island of Puerto Rico).

His sainthood also affects Spain in some way, since he is also the patron saint of Murcia.

The controversy surrounding the birth and death of St.


Saint Patrick lived between the 4th and 5th centuries.

However, there has always been some controversy surrounding the exact year of his birth and death and not even historians agree, even on issues relating to the life of the Saint.

It is estimated that he was born approximately between the years 387 and 390 and died around 460-490.

For the latter, it seems a bit surprising that the uncertainty is 30 years apart.

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Chicago dyes its river… green?

In the American city of Chicago, San Patricio is lived to the fullest.

In this city, many citizens of Irish origin live and to celebrate this special day, they have the original iniciativa of ​​dyeing the local river green.

The ingredients used to color the river green are not harmful to living things in the Chicago River habitat.

Despite its safety, in 1966, environmental groups forced a change based on a vegetable dye to protect the thousands of goldfish that populate this river.

From the following backlink you perro see some of the beautiful photos of the river, taken by visitors.

This occurrence is all spectacle that attracts thousands of people from various parts of the country.

I espectáculo you in the following vídeo:

Why Saint Patrick is on March 17

Although the exact year of his death is not clear, there is information that it was March 17.

Therefore, the national holiday is held in honor of the day of the death of Saint Patrick.

It seems surprising that the year of his death is not known for sure, but the exact day is, right? Well, it’s still a mystery.

Fácil marketing or convenience of that date for some reason perhaps?

Saint Patrick was not Irish nor was he called Patrick

The real name of this saint was maewyn succat and it is known that was born in Old Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, although from England they have always argued that he was British and was born in Ravenglass or Birdoswald.

He ended up in Ireland after escaping from slavery and it was there that he began a long evangelical journey, for which he is best known.

At the age of 16, he was captured by Irish pirates who sold him into slavery.

He spent six years in Ireland where he learned to speak the Celtic language.

Finally he managed to escape and went to France to be a priest.

At the age of 46, he decided to return to Ireland to evangelize its inhabitants.

And there he remained for almost 30 years, until the time of his death.

Saint Patrick was a pastor by profession

Saint Patrick spent several years tending sheep around Slemish Mountain in County Antrim.

This cannot be considered a bad life, considering that he originally started out as a slave.

During this period he became interested in abonan customs and Celtic religion.

Through the druids, the ‘priests of the time’, instead of adopting it, this experience ended up promoting his old Christian beliefsso he wanted to take a step back into his past and redeem himself from his sins, through the conversion of non-followers of God.

It was the inspiration for the founding of “Paris St.


In any case, the young Saint Patrick, still called Maewynhe got tired of his herding life and decided to escape by boat.

He ended up somewhere in Gaul (possibly in Brittany), where he resumed his religious training in different French monasteries, first at St.

Martin in Tours and then on the island of Lérins and, finally, when he was already clear his vocation, he went to Auxerre, where decided to become a priest, advised by the then Bishop St.


It is said that his close relationship with this bishop originated the foundation of this Parisian football club.

The first big St.

Patrick’s Day parade was in 1996.

Returning to the present, it is true that Saint Patrick has been celebrated mainly in Ireland, for a very long time.

The first large parade, somewhat more massive, took place in 1996 on the streets of dublin with the purpose of extolling the historical and cultural values ​​of this country, as well as ‘bringing together’ and attracting the attention of the millions of people of Irish origin who lived in other countries.

The attendance has been multiplying year after year until it is an event lived and celebrated worldwide.

The three leaf clover as an Irish symbol

One of the great icons that represent Ireland is the three-leaf clover (Irish Shamrock).

This clover was used by Saint Patrick himself to explain with its three leaves the existence of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

It is a metaphor for the evangelization that he himself carried out, as we have already commented, to convert non-believers.

Also, it is interesting to know that for the celtic culture, the shamrock represented a kind of sacred talisman, especially the one that had 4 leaves and not three.

It served against negative energy, assigning each one a different value: hope, faith, love and good luck.

Great figures in history, such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Abraham Lincoln, always kept one in their pocket, as a sign of good fortune.

The color green is the protagonist on Saint Patrick’s Day

In the celebrations of Saint Patrick everything is dyed green.

In addition to being the national color of Ireland, in the United States it has a special meaning, since its use represents joy and also load a unmistakable Personal Brand this party, that is why it is common to see the entire North American population wearing clothes or costumes with this color on the street.

In case, during March 17, there is some clueless person who goes out without something green, it is tradition to give them a pinch, as a humorous anecdote.

The snakes

A legend tells that one of the miracles of Saint Patrick was free all of Ireland from a huge plague of snakes that occupied the whole country.

For this reason, it is a tradition to make a multitude of jokes related to snakes, where the imagination and creativity of each one comes into play: boats that are given to women and girls and that, when they are opened, ‘poisonous’ snakes come out. ; roofs from which plastic snakes fall, etcétera.

Beer turns green only for a day

Everyone knows the legendary tradition of the Irish for beer.

Only Saint Patrick’s Day more than 13 million pints of green beer are consumed.

But don’t be scared, its flavor is identical to that of habitual beer, but they add a coloring ingredient that makes it change this color.

It is already widespread among the bars and pubs of other countries, during the most special day of the Irish.

Thanks to these fácil stepsyou cánido also do it in your own home.

It wasn’t always a day for drinking beer

In 1903, a member of the Irish Parliament, James O’Mara, introduced a new bill to recognize Saint Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday.

For this reason, a law was enacted forced to close all pubs during that day.

In 1970 this law was revoked to the joy of its inhabitants and alcohol returned to tour the streets of the country.

The city of Indianapolis and its green channel

Due to the marketing and tourist success of this occurrence of the Irish residents of the ‘windy city’, in Indianapolis they do not want to be less and for some years they have also dyed their main channel green or ‘Central Canal’, in the Downtown neighborhood

Saint Patrick is also present in the NBA

The first St.

Patrick’s parade was held in the city of Boston, in 1737.

Because of this, the city’s basketball team, The Boston Celtics wear a shamrock as their team symbol. and the main color of his shirt is none other than green.

Because of this, many NBA teams that play games that day change their usual color of clothing to green.

This, in turn, promotes the merchandising of the clubs and the basketball courts are dyed that day in the color of the Saint.

The biggest parade is not made in Ireland

Saint Patrick is increasingly global.

The number of children of Irish families who emigrated to countries like the United States is increasing.

This gives rise to the fact that there are cities outside of Ireland in which the Saint Patrick parades are more massive than in Ireland itself.

How could it not be missing? new york city organized its first parade in 1762 and welcomes more than 3 million people each year, which is why it is considered the most impressive and colorful parade on the planet.

It is worth visiting this city on March 17, where the Fifth Avenue it is ‘taken’ by green goblins and green-trimmed floats.

Beware of the naughty goblins!

Saint Patrick founded the first Catholic Church in Ireland, to which he invited the Celts to convert to the Catholic religion.

This upset the druids, so they retaliated against him.

These they summoned a troop of goblins, whom they sent to the church, in order to practice their pranks in it.

Finally, Saint Patrick expelled them from the churches and prevented them from ever entering them again.

This is why it is said that the goblins do not allow to see an image of the Saint.

During the festivities of this day, the Irish leprechaun is represented in traditional green clothing and almost always with a beer in his hand, as a symbol of the alcoholic culture in which he has become.

flag and symbols

Traditionally, Saint Patrick has been associated with different types of crosses and emblems with religious representation, although the most habitual of all is the cross of the same name, which was used to represent Ireland until the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922.

It was never accepted by Irish nationalists, since they saw it as a British creation.

In fact, together with the cross of Saint George and that of Saint Andrew, it forms the ‘Union Jack’.

cross of st george
Saint Andrew’s Cross
‘Union Jack’ or Flag of the United Kingdom

The Harp, the presidential symbol of Ireland

Saint Patrick himself symbolizes his values ​​and traditions in the color green and shamrock and March 17 is already a national holiday in Ireland.

Although saying Saint Patrick is thinking green, this was not always the case, since at the end of the 18th century the order of Saint Patrick adopted the color blueaccompanied by a harp, a typical instrument in this country, as symbols of the presidential emblem of Ireland.

This harp is also the symbol of a well-known Irish beer brand, the undisputed protagonist on this very important day.

In Spain we also celebrate San Patricio

Global sympathy for the Irish knows no bounds and crosses all possible borders.

So much so, that there are cities and towns in Spain with a legendary tradition linked to this Saint and they also celebrate it in a special way.

In Pontevedra, specifically in the city of Caldas de Reis A series of acts and celebrations are carried out in style.

In Salamanca either Tenerife They also dress their streets in green, thanks to the foreign university population that resides or travels to these Spanish cities, as a reason for Erasmus scholarships.

In La capital de españa the largest Irish colony in Spain resides, which is why numerous events take place and in La CorunaDue to its affinity with Ireland due to the Celtic legends of King Breogán and the Tower of Hercules, it also dyes the entire city green.

Saint Patrick’s Day on the International Space Station (NASA)

Sometimes, NASA has also left funny anecdotes and the astronauts who have been on a mission in space during some March 17, have had details with this Irish tradition and have dressed their crew members in green.

Nice wink, no doubt.

What perro I eat on St.

Patrick’s Day

In addition to drinking beer, the Irish also espectáculo the world several of their typical and juicy dishes on this day and introduce us to menus as diverse as: ‘Irish Stew’, (which I espectáculo you in this vídeo below), a kind of stew made with lamb, potatoes, onions and parsley; the potato pie ‘Boxty’; he ‘Codle’ consisting of different layers of pork sausages, sliced ​​and covered with bacon.

To all this, we add the cakes, cookies and other desserts decorated with green color.

Here I espectáculo you some easy recipes and with which you cánido surprise your guests on this special day.


If you want to toast like a true Irishman, when you clink your glass with the person next to you, you have to pronounce this word of Gaelic origin (it is pronounced something like ‘slan-cha’) and means ‘health’.

Surely you did not know many of these curiosities that I have just told you about.

If so, at least today you will comply with the proverb that Everyday you learn something new.

Although I personally do not do anything special this March 17, I think it is a beautiful tribute to have shared with you one of the most picturesque and colorful festivals that are celebrated today.

And you, how do you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

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If you are one of those who, like me, does not go out on March 17 with a green hat and a red wig, at least Share this articulo on your popular networks.

It would be the best detail you could have with the thousands of Irish residents in Spain.

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