St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March which is the traditional death day of Saint Patrick. It is all about the Irish and the beautiful country Ireland. Here are the lies and weird things you probably don’t know about St. Patrick’s Day.
Patrick Was Not His Given Name
Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat. He took on the name Patrick when he became a priest.
St. Patrick wasn’t Irish
He was likely born in southwest Britain but was kidnapped and forced to work in Ireland for several years.
St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland
An allegory at best, considering Ireland is an island and snakes never migrated there (weather was too miserable for reptiles there).
Invention of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration took place in America in Boston, Massachusett in 1737.
Drink more and more Beer
The majority of modern-day St. Patrick’s Day celebrations centering around bar crawls and drink specials but until 1970 all pubs were closed on the holiday due to religious rituals.
The resting place of Saint Patrick
Down Cathedral in the town of Downpatrick, Co Down, is thought to contain St. Patrick’s remains.
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