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Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s What You Need to Know

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here! Get ready with these fun facts.

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we might be digging out our best green clothing and paying closer attention to clovers. Those aren’t the only things we might consider doing; here’s some fun facts to have handy to wow our friends tomorrow.

  • Corned beef and cabbage is a staple on St. Paddy’s Day. Although there’s actually no corn involved, though. The beef is called “corned” because the large grains of salt used to cure it were known as corns.
  • On this day in 2012, experts estimate that about $245 million was spent on beer across the world.
  • No girls allowed! Traditionally, leprechauns are exclusively male. More fun leprechaun intel: they earned all that gold in their pots by mending shoes.
  • “Erin go Bragh,” a phrase you’ll see often tomorrow, is loosely based on an Irish phraseÉirinn go Brách, which means Ireland Forever.
  • Patrick was actually British, not Irish, and his signature color is actually a light shade of blue, not green, known as St. Patrick’s Blue.

A little history of St. Patrick, the man . . . ironically, the dates of his life life cannot be fixed with certainty but, on a widespread interpretation, he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century.

According to his writings, St. Patrick, when he was about 16, was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a priest, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In his later life, he served as an ordained bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.

March 17th is said to be the date of his death.  It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.

Ironically, when my mother was growing up in her Roman Catholic household, St. Patrick’s Day was a day that you were allowed to break your Lenten sacrifices!  In her culture, you could also indulge in the items that you sacrificed for Lent on Sundays!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from The Maria Sanchez Show!

Don’t forget to tune into our latest program, Shadow Politics, where I join Senator Michael D. Brown on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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