10 Facts You Didn’t Know About St. Patrick’s Day

The month of March brings the beginning of warmer weather to most parts of the country if we’re lucky. It also brings one of the mostly celebrated holidays that isn’t actually based on a religious event. Despite the fact that people all over the country call in sick to work the day of and the day after St. Patrick’s Day, there are all kinds of people who have no idea just where the holiday came from, or why they’re really celebrating it. What people do know is that it’s a celebration and it’s linked to the Irish. If you’re anything like the rest of us, everything else you thought you knew about the day is probably at least a little wrong. Check out our list of 10 facts you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day and tell us how surprised you are now.

Saint Patrick Isn’t Irish

The man who would later become a Saint, Patrick was born in the modern day UK, in a region that was either England or Scotland, but definitely not Ireland back then.

The Irish claim him as one of their own, despite the fact that he ended up in the Emerald Isle because his home was attacked and he was taken prisoner, dragged into Ireland by his assailants.

It Used to Be A Day of Prayer

It shouldn’t come as that big a suprise, but it turns out that years ago, the holiday was one where people spent the day in church. It makes, sense, since it’s a day dedicated to a Catholic saint, but in America at least, it’s never looked at as a religious celebration.