Fun Facts About St. Patrick's Day

@celticeagle (122300)
Boise, Idaho
March 15, 2019 1:13pm CST
Did you know that Chicago dumps 40 tons of green day into their Chicago river for the celebration each year on St. Patrick's Day? This has been going on since 1962. This day was considered a religious holiday in Ireland for most of the 20th century and so all pubs were closed on March 17th. It was not until 1970 that the holiday was converted to a national day and so pubs were open again. Saint Patrick was famous for introducing christianity to Ireland but, he was actually born in Scotland or Wales in the 4th century. Also, his color was actually blue but the color green became associated with the holiday when it was to the Irish independent movement. Parades are held all over the U.S. on St.Patrick's Day with the largest one in the world held in New York City. New Orleans also holds a large one and is famous for throwing onions, cabbages and potatoes all ingredients for a Irish stew. Picture courtesy of Flickr.com
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
15 Mar
I never celebrated so I didn't know these facts.
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@celticeagle (122300)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Mar
I'm part Irish so am proud to celebrate it.
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@moonandstars (13019)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
16 Mar
Thank you for this insight. I knew by the way, that St. Patrick's colour was blue as well.
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@celticeagle (122300)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Mar
I think most do, I just wanted to add it for those who didn't but were interested in the history.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
18h
@celticeagle Of course. I had to brag a bit
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@celticeagle (122300)
• Boise, Idaho
10h
@moonandstars ......Sure.
@wolfgirl569 (21513)
• Marion, Ohio
15 Mar
I did not know any of that. Just always tried to remember to wear green that day while I was still in school
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@celticeagle (122300)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Mar
Yes, or get it from your friends.
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@Corbin5 (134152)
• United States
15 Mar
I live in a Chicago suburb and it is fun to watch the river turn green.
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@celticeagle (122300)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Mar
I bet it is.
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@TRBRocks420 (94309)
• Banks, Oregon
16 Mar
Very interesting about St. Patrick's day.