5 Interesting Facts on St. Patrick’s Day!

16 more days to go until St. Patrick’s Day! Have you started planning for a party or put up St. Patrick’s Day decorations yet? Here are some interesting facts about the holiday and its patron saint in case you are looking for conversation starters!

  1. An Irish toast: “The Scots have their whisky, the Welsh have their tongue, but the Irish have Paddy, who’s second to none!”
  2. The first church founded by Saint Patrick is located at Mag-inis. The ground is considered holy.
  3. Believe it or not, the colour of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green came to be used as a symbol for Ireland.
  4. An Irish blessing: “May you always have…
    Walls for the winds, A roof for the rain
    Tea beside the fire, Laughter to cheer you
    Those you love near you
    And all your heart might desire.”
  5. What’s good luck on Saint Patrick’s Day?: Finding a four-leaf clover (that’s double the good luck it usually is). Wearing green. (School children started this tradition of their own — they used to pinch classmates who don’t wear green on this holiday). Kissing the blarney stone.
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