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25 Little Known Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

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25 Little Known Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Did you know that St. Patrick wasn’t Irish? Or that green wasn’t even his color? These are 25 little known facts about St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick was actually not Irish, he was English.

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His given name was Maewyn Succat

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He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave

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He tended sheep for 10 years in Ireland before escaping back to England and taking refuge in a monastery.

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He became a priest and later on took his teachings back to Ireland where he established the Christian Church which got him in trouble with Celtic druids on several occasions

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As St. Patrick’s Day draws closer, we’ll soon be searching for that green Shamrock shirt, scanning Pinterest for (easy) Corned Beef recipes and picking up a little whiskey or Guinness to get ready for the celebration.
Sure we love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but where did these traditions come from and how are we celebrating them today? We’ve picked some of the most interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts and tidbits for you to share in your party conversations!
Here are 15 of our favorite facts and tidbits about St. Patrick’s Day:

After becoming a priest, he changed his name to Patricius, from the Latin term meaning "father figure."

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Contrary to legend, St Patrick never rid Ireland of snakes because post-glacial Ireland is one of the few countries on Earth that never had any snakes

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St Patrick's color was actually blue, not green. In fact, most of the country, including its flag, were represented by blue. Green only came later, possibly due to the country's green countryside. After all, Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle.

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St Patrick's day was actually started in 18th century American cities by persecuted Irish immigrants who were trying to confirm and hold on to their heritage

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