Okay Irish people, time to learn about the holiday you are celebrating. I will learn with you since I am 100% Italian.
1 You wear green on St. Patrick’s day because someone believed that wearing green made them invisible to leprechauns. Okay, green doesn’t make you invisible. It makes you stick out like a sore thumb. And getting pinched isn’t the worst thing that could happen is it? Just say you are wearing green to look like a leprechaun.
2 St. Patrick is a patron saint of Ireland for ministering Christianity. What you might not know is that he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped, but that explains all the drinking on this holiday.
3 You are supposed to eat cabbage, corned beef, shepherd’s pie, and soda bread. You go ahead. I will eat a burger and fries or some ravioli.
4 St. Patrick’s color was actually a lighter blue, not green. Oops.
5 If you are invited to a potluck dinner, you are supposed to bring beef stew. I would have thought potluck meant whatever your host decides to serve you.
6 Some people wear orange on St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish flag has 3 colors. The Catholics wear green, the Protestants wear orange, and the white represents hope for peace between the two.
7 Beer is the most consumed alcohol on St. Patty’s Day. A lot of people drink Guinness. St. Patrick was initially celebrated on the anniversary of his death. Lenten and alcohol restrictions were lifted on this day. I personally think Irish people are always willing to drink.
8 Chicago has been dying its river green since the 1960s for St. Patty’s Day. It looks emerald green and is pretty cool.
9 The real St. Patrick was born in Britain to an aristocratic family.
10 The shamrock was used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity in Christianity. It is different from the four-leaf clover. It represents faith, hope, love, and luck.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!