Top of the mornin’ to ya!

Another holiday is upon us – one of my favorites. After having lived in Ireland for 3 months, I take St. Patrick’s Day quite seriously.

And while corned beef, luck, and pots of gold may actually have nothing to do with this festive day, I’d like to share some true St. Patrick’s Day facts with you…perhaps a few you didn’t know!

#1. St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish…

Patrick was born in Britain around the 5th century, when it was still a part of the Roman Empire.

#2. …He was an Escaped Slave

When he was sixteen, Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He later escaped and returned home, but a dream drew him back to the Emerald Isle to lead the Irish people to faith.

#3. The Parade Tradition isn’t Irish, Either

The tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with parades actually began in America during a time when thousands of Irish were immigrating due to the Great Potato Famine.

#4. St. Patrick’s Color isn’t Green

Originally, the color associated with St. Patrick was a specific shade of blue known as St. Patrick’s blue. Green became associated with Ireland because of the greenness of the landscape and because of the shamrock, which Patrick allegedly used to explain the trinity. Later, the shamrock became associated with Irish Catholic Nationalism.

#5. There Were Never any Snakes

Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. The waters surrounding the Emerald Isle are too cold for any snakes to have migrated there in the first place.

Perhaps while you’re celebrating later this month, you’ll give a bit of thought to the courageous escapee who started it all.

Best of luck to you all!

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