Fun Facts About Saint Patricks Day and Irish Decorations
Saint Patrick's Day is known the world over, both as a religious festival and a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Parades and Irish decorations mark the occasion. However, there are many lesser-known facts about the holiday, which make for some fun and fascinating reading. Here are just a few:
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- The very first Saint Patrick's Day parade wasnít held in Ireland at all, but rather in Boston, MA in 1737.
- Chicago celebrates the day by dyeing the cityís rivers green.
- In parts of Seattle, the day is marked by painting green stripes down public roads.
- In Ireland, children traditionally decorate their attire by wearing a tiny bunching of shamrocks on their coats or hats. Kids also wear orange, green, and white badges, and both women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
- Leprechauns are commonly associated with Saint Patrick's Day. However, originally, the legends about these mythical creatures didnít portray them as dangerous. They were merely cranky old cobblers, who were extremely protective of the riches they had acquired through a lifetime of miserliness.
- Clovers are often associated with Saint Patrick's Day as well. Four-leaf ones are said to be rare, but, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, ones with as many as 14 leaves have been found. How lucky is that? Still, the odds of ever seeing a four-leaf clover are slim. Itís estimated that they account for only one of every 10,000 clovers.
- Each cloverleaf is said to stand for something. The first represents hope, the second faith, and the third love. In the unlikely event that a person finds a four-leaf clover, he or she can count on good fortune, as the fourth leaf stands for luck.