Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

By Family Tree Editors Premium

  • Traditional Irish greeting on St. Patrick’s Day: “Beannacht na feile Padrig oraibh,” which means “May the blessings of St. Patrick be with you.”
  • When General George Washington’s troops seized Boston from the British on March 17, 1776, the word “Boston” was used as the password and “St. Patrick” as the reply.
  • If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Irish way, forget the green beer, green derbies and green carnations on your lapels. These are Anglo-American expressions of the holiday.
  • St. Patrick’s Day serves as a brief reprieve for many Catholics from the deprivations of Lent. It’s a time when children can gobble up sweets and their parents can drink a pint at the local pub before Easter.
  • Want to whip up a traditional Irish meal to get your brood in the mood? Irish lamb stew, corned beef salad, mashed potatoes and Irish soda bread make a great menu. Click here for recipes for Irish dishes.
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