Remember the saying, "Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day?" Well, the Tiger Leasing team kept this in mind as we were brainstorming what to blog about this month! In honor of the Holiday where everybody has the luck ‘o the Irish, here are 17 festive facts about St. Paddy's Day:
- Did you know St. Patrick's Day celebrations extend way beyond Ireland and the U.S? Around 80 million people celebrate the Holiday in 200 countries!
- Today people wear green on March 17, but the color traditionally associated with St. Patrick was blue. The switch from blue to green happened in the 19th century.
- True shamrocks used to be very common in Ireland, but due to modern farming methods they have become relatively rare.
- Did you know there are more Irish-Americans than Irish? About 37 million people in the U.S. have Irish ancestry.
- Americans spend more than $4.5 billion celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
- According to Hallmark, Americans exchange about 7 million St. Patrick's Day cards annually. Hallmark began producing St. Patrick's Day cards in the early 1920s and they have been popular ever since!
- Music is a large part of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. After being conquered by the English, the Irish turned to music to help them remember important events and hold on to their heritage and history.
- If you're looking to head somewhere festive for St. Patrick's Day, check out these towns with Irish sounding names:
- Dublin, California
- Shamrock Lanes, Indiana
- Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia
- Shamrock, Texas
- The original Irish name for leprechauns is "lobaircin," which means "small-bodied fellow".
- Shamrocks are major symbols of St. Patrick's Day, but they are also the national flower of Ireland.
- Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal in America, but the dish is not nearly as popular in Ireland. Traditionally corned beef and cabbage was given to kings, but according to European Cuisines, most native Irish people see the dish as too poor, plain, old-fashioned or boring to eat on a Holiday.
- 24 percent of Massachusetts' residents are of Irish ancestry, compared with 12 percent of the nation as a whole.
- Chicagoans have been dying the Chicago River green since 1962 in honor of the Holiday. Originally about 100 tons of dye were used for the job, but now about 40 tons are used to make the tradition more eco-friendly.
- Oddly St. Patrick wasn't Irish. He was born in Britain and was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders.
- The first St. Patrick's Day parade was in Boston in 1737.
- The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south, the orange symbolizes the people of the north and the white represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
- Irish dance is a large part of Irish tradition. The Irish Dancing Commission was established in 1930 to legislate for Irish dancing but quickly turned into a global organization, now with dance teachers across the world.
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