St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. It’s festive, fun, and gets nearly everyone involved. However, how much do you know about the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s a brief explanation of some of the most popular traditions.
Most importantly, who is St. Patrick? In a big surprise for many, St. Patrick was not actually of Irish descent. He was born as a nobleman in Britain, but he was taken as a slave by the Irish when he was just 16 years old. Although he escaped slavery after 17 years, he then returned to Ireland as a missionary.
Green River in Chicago
While many people know the tradition of dyeing the river green in Chicago, few know that it is a family affair. The only way to be someone on the boats that dye the river green are if they are related by blood or marriage to either Mike Butler or Tom Rowan.
While it goes without saying that St. Patrick’s Day is a drinking holiday, there is one particular beer that you should be drinking: Guinness. Already a popular beer (Americans consume about 600,000 pints of it on an average day), that number jumps to an incredible 3 million on St. Patrick’s Day.
Now that you understand a bit of the history, enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day and be safe!