September 15 officially marks the half-way to St. Patrick's Day mark and IrishCentral is ready to countdown to everyone's favorite Irish holiday, March 17.
Okay, okay! We know it's only September but here at IrishCentral we know that Irish communities around the world are already thinking ahead to St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2020. So we decided to make it official!
Here it is! How many days left until St. Patrick's Day 2020:
In honor of it being half-way to St. Patrick's Day we also decided it was time to get Irish folks around the world back into the March 17 spirit with some seriously random facts about St. Patrick's Day! Here it goes...
- The patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, was in fact born in Wales
- Shamrocks are associated with St. Patrick's Day as it's said that the patron saint of Ireland used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish.
- The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s
- For many years, blue was the color most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick's blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue
- In 2010, the Sydney Opera House went green to mark the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick's Day there. In Sydney, St Patrick's Day was first marked in 1810, when Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales, provided entertainment for Irish convict workers
- Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrock to the US President. The shamrock, grown in Kerry, is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange
- Across the world, approximately 13 million pints of Guinness are sold every March 17
- There were 4.65 million cases of Irish whiskey sold in the United States in 2018
- Forty pounds of green dye is used to turn the Chicago River green every St. Patrick's Day. The dye lasts for five hours and the tradition started way back in 1962.
- The average American spends $40.18 celebrating St. Patrick's Day
- Eighty-four percent of women and 77 percent of men in the United States where green on St. Patrick's Day
Do you already have plans for March 17, 2020? What'll you be doing this coming St. Patrick's Day? Let us know in the comments section below.