First, let’s get one thing straight. It’s Paddy not Patty. I’ve been saying it wrong my entire life! Since we’re here to learn more about St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about the 5 facts you didn’t know about this Irish holiday!
- Patrick wasn’t his real name. His real name was Maewyn Succat … which probably won’t be making the top 100 baby name list anytime soon. He adopted the name Patrick when he decided to become a priest. By the way, Patrick means nobleman, and in 2018, it’s ranked at #231 in popularity.
- It used to be a dry holiday. Crazy, right? Guinness, Jameson, and Baileys weren’t always part of the tradition. For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a religious holiday in Ireland and selling alcohol was illegal. As the day became more of a national holiday, stout came back into the picture.
- Patrick’s color is actually blue. If you forget to put on green and happen to wear blue, it’s OK. For a long time, St. Patrick was honored with the color blue, as seen in many older depictions of the saint. As the holiday evolved into more of an Irish celebration, green became the standard, go-to color of the day. So maybe throw on a green St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt to avoid getting pinched by family, friends, and strangers!
- Millions of pints of Guinness will be consumed. According to Fortune.com, 13 million pints of Guinness will be drink, drank, drunk on St. Paddy’s Day. Let your cup stand out by customizing your own St Paddy’s Day glass, flask, or even mug!
- Zazzle has more than 50,000 St. Patty’s Day gifts, accessories, t-shirts and other apparel. And it’s never too early to start shopping for next year. We hope you share these 5 St. Patrick’s Day facts when you’re out celebrating on March 17th!
*This has been an updated repost from 2015.