It’s nice to be appreciated.
In this week’s FLASH we look back to earlier this year when the Boston STA corralled its membership at the Central Wharf Company eatery in Boston’s Financial District on March 14th to celebrate the holiday.
Here are some fun facts surrounding St. Patrick’s Day:
1. St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with banks, stores, and businesses closing for the day.
2. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston (1737).
3. Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.
4. The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue.
Wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn as early as the 17th century.
5. Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day.
Source: Every St. Patrick’s Party, ever. And this article: http://www.livescience.com/27957-st-patricks-day-5-facts.html
6.Legend says that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
7. 1962 marked the first time Chicago dyed their river green for St Patrick’s Day.
8. Guiness is one of the most popular drinks on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are 34 recipes:
9. Shamrock shakes are also very popular (and tasty!):
10. There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.