6 Fast St. Patty’s Day Facts

St. Patty’s Day is here! It’s time for some Irish food, four-leaf clovers and green beer! But do you know the history behind St. Patty’s Day and popular Irish traditions? Here’s a brief tutorial. (Now you can totally kick butt at trivia night.)

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St. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish.

He was born in Britain, and more specifically, some people say he was born in Scotland. Around age 16, he was sold into slavery to herd sheep in Ireland. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years of his life in a monastery before returning to Ireland as an ordained bishop. We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to commemorate the day of his death: March 17. Kind of puts a damper on the festivities, huh?