March 17 marks the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day annually around the world. It’s an excuse for people to get crazy drunk and for bars and restaurants to inflate the price of Guinness beer and Irish coffees. Most people celebrate by participating in bar crawls, going to Irish pubs, or watching the Irish-themed parades. Not a lot of people know the origin of the holiday, which is to honor the arrival of Christianity in Ireland by commemorating St. Patrick on the day of his death. Here are some other unique facts that you probably didn’t know about the green holiday.
Boston Started America’s Run
The first ever St. Patrick’s Day celebration happened in Boston, Massachusetts, back in 1737. Over 30 cities now have large-scale bar crawls and events on the holiday.
St. Patrick Isn’t His Real Name
He was actually born as Maewyn Succat. The name was changed to Patrick when he became a priest.