St. Patrick’s Day, the day so many adults excitedly wake up to with two things on their mind: dusting off a green article of clothing and drinking green beer (maybe a shot or two of Irish whiskey, too). Besides that, many party-goers know the feast day is celebrated every year on March 17 and marks the yearly anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death. They also have a vague understanding that their day of drinking honors the spread of Christianity to Ireland, but these facts and traditions only skim the surface of St. Patrick’s Day history.
This year, do St. Paddy and your friends a favor by immersing yourself even deeper in the cultural and religious holiday with some interesting little-known facts. Your did-you-knows at your favorite Irish pub will be so impressive you might just be rewarded with a free Guinness (yum).
5.) St. Patrick Was Not Irish
Starting off the list, did you know the Apostle of Ireland was actually not Irish? Neither of his parents were Irish, and Patrick was not born in Ireland, either. Instead, Patrick was born in England, which, at the time, was part of the Roman Empire. The island had been taken over by none other than Julius Caesar. Why did the great Julius Caesar invade Britain? Well, even though he told his people there was silver in the new land, it was more likely that the Roman general was led more by his ego than anything else.
Thus, St. Paddy was the son of two Roman citizens. So then why the connection to Ireland? Patience, friends. That’s up next!