Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While it is often celebrated with Irish food, green beer, and crazy outfits, not everyone knows that there is much more to this annual holiday than a sea of green. March 17th reflects the observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. One unusual fact about Saint Patrick is that he was actually born in Roman Britain but was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. Although he managed to escape, he came back to Ireland and became a Saint for his actions upon returning.
The Irish have been observing St Patrick’s Day for centuries, but over time other countries joined in the celebration with parades and parties. In fact, the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in New York in 1762. As the years passed, the United States became accustomed to celebrating with corned beef and cabbage, beer, and four leaf clover decorations. One of the biggest celebrations takes place in Chicago, where they dye the Chicago River green for their annual parade. Big or small, make sure to get out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your local neighborhood!