5 Fascinating Facts and Weirdest Traditions to Try Out on St. Patrick’s Day 2018

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Celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day usually includes parades and festivals, performing cèilidh dancing and wearing green clothes or shamrocks.

But what are the traditions of this holiday? Get to know on Nexter.org.

What’s special about the day?

The Irish began to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a kind of national holiday in the X-XI century not only in but also in other European countries where the Irish lived.

At the beginning of the XVII century, the Catholic Church included this day in the liturgical calendar. The church celebration is postponed if the day of the saint’s memory falls on the Holy Week (the week before Easter).

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 in almost all countries, and in some, it lasts for several days.

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Colors and symbols

The main color of the holiday is green. It symbolizes a shamrock. As the legends tell, Saint Patrick explained to the inhabitants of the island the concept of the Holy Trinity with the help of this plant.

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Another symbol of the holiday is the Leprechauns. They are the amazing fairies who is famous for the hidden pots of gold.

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On this day, streets are green: people wear clothes of this color and paint their face with colors. And in some pubs, they even paint beer in green.

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Fascinating facts

  • St. Patrick was associated with blue color. However, when people started to connect the holiday with Holy Trinity and shamrocks, it became all about the green color;
  • The world’s first recorded Saint Patrick’s Day Parade took place in Boston on March 18, 1737;
  • The first parade happened in US too: New York Parade in 1762;
  • Irish had their first St.Patrick’s Parade only in the twentieth century;
  • It’s common to dye fountains and river in green color to set the mood of St. Patrick’s Day;

The White House fountain has been dyed green for the holiday every year:


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Great Sphinx of Giza:

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Sydney Opera House:

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Niagara Falls

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  • The exile of snakes by St. Patrick is actually the symbolic myth about the pagan Druids. has never had any real snakes because of the climate;
  • Festive table include the following traditional dishes: mutton with stewed cabbage, meat casseroles with bacon and potato bread;
  • In modern culture, you can also find themed cakes and sweets:

Source: Food Network

  • St. Patrick’s Day is loudly celebrated with drinking alcohol. There is even a special unit for measuring whiskey;
  • Also, if you wear green on this day, you might get a free drink and a discount for the next one.

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