6 things you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day

November 10, 2023

Every year on 17 March, the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

What started as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland is now an international festival celebrating Irish culture, filled with festive food and traditions.

Coming back to the origin

The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, which is said to be the date of his death in 461 AD.


Who was St Patrick?

St. Patrick, in fact, wasn’t Irish. He was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the Pagans to Christianity.


When did the festival start being celebrated?

The first St Patrick’s Festival was held on 17 March 1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event.

The most recent festival in Dublin lasted for five days and drew close to 1 million visitors, who took part in festivities that included concerts, outdoor theatre performances, and fireworks. Many other cities, towns and villages in Ireland hold their own parades and festivals.


Why Green?

Blue was the first colour associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but that started to change in the 17th century.

Green is one of the colours in Ireland’s tri-color flag, and it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history.

Some Irish proverbs to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

A drink precedes a story.

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

Age is honorable and youth is noble.

Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.

It is better to exist unknown to the law.

It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.


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