Thursday, March 13, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away, March 17th. Do you know why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Listed below are 10 facts about St. Patrick’s Day:
1. Odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 in 10,000.
2. The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York City.
3. Double the amount of Guinness is consumed on St Patrick’s Day than any other day, 13 million pints.
4. Since 1962, Chicago has been dying the Chicago River green.
5. Blue was the original color associated with St. Patrick’s Day.
6. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because that is the day St. Patrick died.
7. Irish soda bread is popular on St. Patrick’s Day. Why is a cross-cut in the top of that bread, to ward off the devil.
8. The Celtic harp is a national symbol of Ireland, making it the only country to have a musical instrument as a national symbol.
9. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish.
10. There are approximately 144,588 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland.
While you are out celebrating with food, drink and all things green, make sure that you are safe on the road. Eaton Insurance wishes all a Happy and Safe St. Patrick’s Day!