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St. Patrick's Day Stats
updated: Mar 17, 2014, 9:25 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

St. Patrick's Day is full of traditions from wearing green, consuming traditional Irish fare, and searching for four-leafed clovers. Where do those traditions come from and how do they play out in the U.S.? We did a little bit of research and found some interesting statistics and facts about the green holiday.

St. Patty's Stats

  • 39% of the population celebrates St. Patrick's Day
  • 83% wear green
  • 34% make a special dinner
  • 31% attend a party
  • 25% decorate home or office
  • $4.14 billion is spent on the holiday
  • 8 million exchange greeting cards

    St. Patrick Day Myths Debunked

  • St. Patrick was Irish. Though one of Ireland’s patron saints, Patrick was born in what is now England, Scotland or Wales.

  • St. Patrick was British. His birthplace doesn’t mean Patrick was a Brit, however—at least not technically. During his lifetime the British Isles were occupied by the Romans.

  • St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. In 431, before Patrick began preaching in Ireland, Pope Celestine reportedly sent a bishop.

  • St. Patrick banished snakes from the Emerald Isle. Scholars believe the snake story is an allegory for St. Patrick’s eradication of pagan ideology.

  • Green has historically been associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Knights in the Order of St. Patrick wore a color known as St. Patrick’s blue. Green probably dates back to the 18th century, when supporters of Irish independence used the color to represent their cause.

  • Popular St. Patrick’s Day festivities have their roots in Ireland. Until the 1700s, St. Patrick’s Day was a Roman Catholic feast only observed in Ireland—and without the raucous revelry of today’s celebrations. That started to change when Irish immigrants living in the United States began organizing parades and other events on March 17 as a show of pride.

  • Corned beef is a classic St. Patrick’s Day dish. In Ireland, a type of bacon similar to ham is the customary protein on the holiday table.

    (Source: History.com)

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