Saint Patrick's Day, it's that special day of the year where the world turns a little greener, the Guinness flows a little easier and we all feel like doing a little jig.
Here are 10 things you may not know about this happy St. Patties Day:
- The shortest St. Patricks Day Parade only runs for 30 metres and takes place in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
- Saint Patricks's birth name was actually Maewyn Succat. He changed it to Patricius after becoming a priest.
- Shamrocks are said to have been used by Saint Patrick as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity.
- Corned beef doesn't actually contain corn. Its name comes from the uses of salt "corns" to cure meat.
- Saint Patrick famously wore a light shade of blue. Not the traditional green that is constantly seen.
- Green became a significant colour for Ireland during its 1641 rebellion. Its importance then carried over to St. Patrick's Day.
- St. Patrick's Day used to be a strictly religious and alcohol-free holiday in Ireland.
- Saint Patrick wasn't actually Irish. He was born in Britain and kidnapped by Irish pirates at a young age.
- The U.S. has 32 million people of Irish descent while Ireland's total population is only 4.7 million.
- In Australia, home to the third-largest population of Irish migrants, about 2 million people, or 10 per cent of the population, said they were of Irish descent in the 2011 census.