St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts
-St. Patrick was actually of Scottish descent, not Irish, and contrary to popular folklore he never chased any snakes out of Ireland.
-Green is associated with St. Patrick's Day because it is the color of Spring.
-The shamrock is the traditional symbol because St. Patrick used it to explain the connection between the father, the son, and the holy spirit in the Christian religion.
-The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston (23%).
-On average, every American consumes 22 gallons of beer per year.
-It is considered lucky to find a four leaf clover on St. Patrick's Day.
-At one time, there were more Irish living in New York City, than in Dublin, Ireland.
-Corned beef is strictly an American invention, the Irish don't actually eat it to celebrate the day.
-Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the shoulder.
-The ancient Irish used to wear green to show their love for the harvest gods.
-34.5 million U.S residents claim Irish ancestry, that is 9 times the current population of Ireland.
-Over 8 million St. Patrick's Day cards are exchanged in America making St. Patrick's Day the ninth-largest card selling occasion in the US.
-The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease.
-Bailey's Irish Cream which was launched in Ireland in the early seventies, is now the most popular liqueur in the world.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!