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10 Things You May Not Know About Saint Patrick's Day

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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:

  1. The shortest St. Patricks Day Parade only runs for 30 metres and takes place in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

  2. Saint Patricks's birth name was actually Maewyn Succat. He changed it to Patricius after becoming a priest.

  3. Shamrocks are said to have been used by Saint Patrick as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity.

  4. Corned beef doesn't actually contain corn. Its name comes from the uses of salt "corns" to cure meat.

  5. Saint Patrick famously wore a light shade of blue. Not the traditional green that is constantly seen.

  6. Green became a significant colour for Ireland during its 1641 rebellion. Its importance then carried over to St. Patrick's Day.

  7. St. Patrick's Day used to be a strictly religious and alcohol-free holiday in Ireland.

  8. Saint Patrick wasn't actually Irish. He was born in Britain and kidnapped by Irish pirates at a young age.

  9. The U.S. has 32 million people of Irish descent while Ireland's total population is only 4.7 million.

  10. 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.

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