Interesting Facts About St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and so are the many parties and festivities that will take place to celebrate it. Before you pour yourself a green beer, we at Carriage Nissan suggest you read up on these facts about St. Patrick’s Day for some excellent, thematic conversation starters.
St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish
St. Patrick—born Maewyn Succat—was actually English, but was kidnapped as a teenager and brought to Ireland as a slave. There he worked as a sheep farmer for 10 years before escaping.
He Was a Pious Man
When he returned to England, Mr. Succat stayed in a monastery. Inspired by his surroundings, he became a priest and brought his Christian teachings back to Ireland. He chose the Latin name “Patricius” for himself, meaning “father figure.”
To Beer or Not to Beer
For most of the 20th century, almost all of the pubs in Ireland were closed on St. Patrick’s Day. It was seen as a religious holiday. But starting in 1970, Ireland reclassified it as a national holiday, and the pubs reopened so that Ireland could drink and celebrate alongside its 34 million ancestors in the United States. Thanks to this new tradition, over 13 million pints of Guinness beer are consumed around the world on St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!