25 Little Known Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Did you know that St. Patrick wasn’t Irish? Or that green wasn’t even his color? These are 25 little known facts about St. Patrick’s Day.

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After becoming a priest, he changed his name to Patricius, from the Latin term meaning "father figure."

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Contrary to legend, St Patrick never rid Ireland of snakes because post-glacial Ireland is one of the few countries on Earth that never had any snakes

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St Patrick's color was actually blue, not green. In fact, most of the country, including its flag, were represented by blue. Green only came later, possibly due to the country's green countryside. After all, Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle.

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St Patrick's day was actually started in 18th century American cities by persecuted Irish immigrants who were trying to confirm and hold on to their heritage

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There are more people with Irish ancestry in the United States (34 million) than in Ireland (4.2 million).

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