The Origins of Chicago’s Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising Trivia About St. Patrick’s Day
More than a millennium ago, a Catholic priest named Patrick died on March 17—or so the story goes. By the seventh century he was already recognized as the patron saint of Ireland, and with his death was born a religious holiday that has since turned into a worldwide festival. But St. Patrick’s Day hasn’t always been about beer, shamrocks and wearing green. Learn more about the surprising history of the Irish holiday, and how it’s changed over the years. St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish Despite his association with the Emerald Isle, Patrick wasn’t originally Irish—his family were Romans living in Britain