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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from NAWRB! This is a holiday that observes the death and traditional religious feast day of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Did you know that you have a 10,000 in 1 chance of finding a four-leaf clover, or that it isn’t possible to reach the end of a rainbow? Regardless, we hope you are having a good holiday and bump into some luck on this special day.
St Patrick’s Day Facts
- Saint Patrick was a 5th century Romano-British Christian missionary
- Patrick’s Day became an official Irish holiday in 1903
- there are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry, over seven times the population of Ireland itself
- corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish; billions of pounds of each are consumed in the U.S. each year
- the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, as Irish soldiers in the English military marched through New York City
- there are 16 U.S. cities that share their name with Ireland’s capital, Dublin
- Saint Patrick was originally associated with the color blue, but this gradually shifted to green, possibly due to the country’s nickname of “Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag, and the fact that Ireland’s national symbol, the shamrock, is green
- legend says that the tradition of wearing green began as a way to be invisible to leprechauns, who would pinch anyone they could see