Monday, March 17, 2014

5 for St. Patrick's Day: A Little Trivia, No Blarney

Today is one of our favorite days of the whole year: St. Patrick's Day!
I am sure that a lot of you are ready to celebrate and some of you have even been celebrating over the past weekend. Here is a little trivia to get you started today:
  • The status of the four-leaf clover, the brilliant green symbol of St. Patrick's Day, as a sign of good luck goes way back. Like wwwaaaayyyy back. In fact, the four-leaf clover was originally a symbol of good luck for the ancient Celtic druids.
  • Why green? Green became synonymous with St. Patrick's Day after green clovers were worn to ward off the devil during the Irish Rebellion.
  • St. Patrick would combine Celtic rituals with his teachings of Christianity. For example, he incorporated the Celtic use of bonfires to honor gods into Easter celebrations.
  • There already was a small number of Christians in Ireland when St. Patrick arrived.
  • The first St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin was not held until 1931.





Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Sources of fun: St. Patrick's Day Trivia in Real Simple
St. Paddy's Day Trivia from New Jersey 101.5
Who was St. Patrick on History.com

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