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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

There have been many legends attributed to this saint throughout the centuries. St. Patrick’s Day began as a Holy Day in the Catholic Church, but over the years this religious Catholic saint’s day has turned into a more secular celebration of the upcoming new spring. Here are a few facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Maewyn is the name St. Patrick was given at birth. His name was changed by the Bishop in a monastery in France, after he escaped his captivity. He was not religious as a child.
  • March 17, the day of celebration, is the day of Patrick’s death.
  • The first St. Paddy’s day parade in America was in 1737, 40 years before the Revolutionary War.
  • Irish dishes include corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Irish cream pie, Irish soda bread, scones, and Irish cheese bread.
  • Patrick was a missionary in Ireland during
    the 4th century.
  • The Shamrock, symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, was a plant with three leaves that Patrick used to demonstrate to the pagans the trinity of God.