It’s that time of the year again. The snow begins to melt, hopefully, and spring arrives. Of course, it wouldn’t be spring without St. Patrick’s Day. We all know that “St. Paddy’s” Day involves beer and wearing green, but how much do you really know about this wonderful holiday?
Here are 5 facts that you can bring to the bar this St. Paddy’s.
1. The First St. Patrick’s Day Was Held In Boston (Not Ireland)
Irish and Boston go together like chocolate and peanut butter. However, Boston realized the many joys of St. Paddy’s Day long before it was even observed in Ireland. Who would have thought?
2. St. Patrick’s real name is Maewyn Succat
Have you ever heard of Maewyn Succat’s Day? Neither have we! That is because after becoming a priest Maewyn adopted the name Patrick, meaning “well born” in Latin. This fact is sure to come in handy at your local bars next trivia night.
3. The World Runs Up Quite The Tab
St. Patricks Day is a great time of year for breweries and bartenders. A 2012 estimate pegged the total amount spent on beer for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations at $245 million.
4. There are 10,000 Times More Three-Leaf Clovers Than Four-Leaf Clovers
These odds are not exaggerated. It really is that rare to find a four-leaf clover. Next time you find a clover one be sure to save it in a plastic bag, hang it on your wall, and enjoy your newfound luck by washing down a NoCoast because chances are, you’ll never find one again.
5. St. Patrick Was Not Irish
This one came as a surprise to even us, the truth is that St. Patrick was actually born in Great Britain. Rumor has it he was actually kidnapped by pirates and held in captivity for six years where he found religion, which gave him the hope to survive and eventually escape.
Impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of St. Paddy’s Day, and if you see any leprechauns, be sure to share a NoCoast together!. #BeerOverEverything