Last Updated on February 18, 2014
I came across this infographic on St. Patrick’s Day Myths vs Facts and thought you all might enjoy it as much as I did.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world every year on March 17th by eating food like Irish Soda Bread, making merry, wearing green and drinking beer. There is more to St. Patrick’s Day than many know, and what you think you know about it is probably wrong! Have Shamrocks always been associated with Ireland? Are there no snakes in Ireland thanks to St. Patrick or due to an Ice Age? What about Leprechauns? Why is drinking beer part of the tradition? What about wearing green?
Speaking of beer, did you know that on any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world? On St. Patrick’s Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints!
Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over time the colour green began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day until blue was completely a thing of the past. This is most likely because Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, which is what is behind the display of shamrocks.
Read on to learn about these St. Patrick’s Day Myths vs Facts!