St. Patrick's Day HISTORY: Must-Know Facts, Trivia For Irish Holiday (PHOTOS)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today, March 17, 2010, La Fheile Padraig (St. Patrick's Day in Irish) is being celebrated around the world.
St. Patrick's Day is a great excuse to party, whether you are Irish or not. Though the holiday began as a Catholic feast day, it's become a secular celebration of Irish culture.
Named after St. Patrick, who lived in the fifth century AD, St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Ireland.
It's also a great day to impress your loved ones with these fascinating St. Patrick's Day facts. Feel free to share them and vote on your favorites!
First St. Patrick's Day parade took place in 1737 in Boston
Saint Patrick was not Irish by birth; he was a Romano-Briton Christian missionary born in England
Did not become a national holiday in Ireland in 1903 and the first parade wasn't held in Dublin until 1931
An estimated 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on St. Patrick's Day 2010, according to a Guinness spokesman
St. Patrick's true given name was Maewyn Succat
The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue; green became associated during the 19th century
Saint Patrick was known for banishing dangerous animals from Ireland, particularly snakes, according to legend
St. Patrick's celebrations were originally religious festivals
There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland (36 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry in 2008; population of Ireland was 4.4 million at the time)
There are four places in the United States named Shamrock (West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma) and nine Dublin's (Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio are most populous)