4 Totally Useless Facts you Should Know About St. Patrick’s Day

Do you have the luck of the Irish?

St. Patrick’s Day is a day for corned beef, beer and all things green… including Bite Squad! So when it comes to chow time on St. Patrick’s Day, hit us up to for all your piping hot Irish favorites.

In the spirit of the holiday – and to help you channel your inner Irishman, while simultaneously working up an appetite – we’ve complied a list of 5 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish

St. Patrick, one of the most famous patron saints of Ireland who brought Christianity to Ireland, made shamrocks fashionable and… wasn’t actually Irish.

What? Yeah.

Maewyn Succat, the St. Patrick we’ve grown to know, was actually British. According to legend, when Maewyn was a teenager, he was sold into slavery in Ireland, became religious, escaped back to England, became an ordained priest named “Patrick,” and started converting all of the Irish Celts to Christianity.

The holiday marks St. Patrick’s death and has been observed as a religious holiday in Ireland for more than 1,500 years.  History shows that St. Patrick’s Day used to be a quiet and religious holiday until 1903 when a law was passed that allowed pubs to open on St. Paddy’s Day.

Leprechauns are the official mascot of the holiday

Legend says that leprechauns are mischievous household fairies said to haunt cellars and drink heavily. You can tell when a leprechaun is near because of the tap-tap-tapping of a tiny cobbler hammer, driving nails into shoes. If you happen to come across a leprechaun, be sure to catch and hold onto him. People lucky enough to capture a leprechaun can barter his freedom for three wishes. Best be careful though, dealing with a drunken leprechaun can be a tricky proposition.

Classic Irish dishes are consumed in bulk

Corned beef and cabbage is a classic Irish dish invented by Irish immigrants in New York that, we think, conveniently goes great with all that beer.

This might explain why in the United States, over 26 billion pounds of beef and over two billion pounds of cabbage are produced during the holiday. Not only the traditional corned beef and cabbage comes into play here though – a spin has been put on this dish to incorporate it into burgers, yummy sammies, quiches, and even tacos. So, let your inner Irish out. We know we will.

People love their dark beer

Here’s a fact, the worldwide consumption of Guinness almost triples – from 5.5 million pints on a regular day, to 13 million pints on St. Patrick’s Day. If you break it down, that’s 150 pints per second. We mean, it makes sense that St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking holiday of the year.

With these fun fact in tow, have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day. Crack open a Guinness, and order Bite Squad to get your favorite Irish dishes delivered to your door.  You deserve it.