Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and while it’s very easy to get caught up in the fun, happy-go-lucky nature of the holiday, there are many interesting facts about the worldwide celebration. For starters, research by BIGinsight.com showed that Americans spend an average of $38.94 every year on St. Patrick’s Day—that’s $4.5 billion! (1) Also, Americans exchange around 8 million cards for the Irish holiday. Although St. Patrick’s Day has only been observed in American since the late eighteenth century, it’s clear it has made a lasting impression.
To give you the full picture, let’s chat and chew about facts, fun, and food all centered on St. Patrick’s Day.
Below is an infographic that dives deeper into the history of St. Patrick’s Day, as well as some fun facts about the holiday.
Whether you decide to stay at home and enjoy an Irish feast or you’re heading out to a big celebration—100 U.S. cities now hold St. Patrick’s Day parades—embrace the Luck of the Irish today!
While you may not be attending a festive parade, it doesn’t mean you still can’t embrace your inner Irish. Try whipping up one of the recipes below to enjoy during a St. Patrick’s Day get-together.
- Irish Soda Bread
- Irish Beef and Stout Stew
- Whole Roasted Carrots
- Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner
- Red Potato Colcannon
Check out our Pinterest page for other activities and recipes to get in the Irish spirit, or share some of your own traditions in the comment section below!