St. Patrick’s Day Trivia

Rosalie Boyd, Reporter

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If one wants to be informal, the term is St. Paddy’s Day (not Patty’s Day) because Paddy is short for Padrig, the actual Irish name of the beloved saint.

More than 40 tons of dye is dumped into the water to turn Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Chicago has dyed the Chicago River green on every St. Patrick’s Day since 1962.

St. Patrick himself used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. The first is for hope, the second for faith and the third for love.

Four leaf clovers are extremely hard to find.

St. Patrick’s identifying color was actually blue, not green, which is commonly recognized with the holiday because he was the patron saint of Ireland, the Emerald Isle.

St. Patrick’s grandfather was a Roman Catholic priest, which means he was married. Marriage was common for priests before the church began its celibacy rule for them in 1139.

St. Patrick died on March 17, 464, in Saul, a hamlet in County Down near the town of Downpatrick

 

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