Small Town Times March Newsletter - Page 22

Litchfield Public Schools Non-Profit Organization PO Box 167 US POSTAGE PAID Litchfield, NE 68852-0167 PERMIT #2 Litchfield, NE 68852 St. Patrick’s Day Facts St. Patrick’s Day originated after the Saint Patrick himself died on March 17th of 461, even though he was not Irish, he was British. His death marked the rise of a tradition in order to honor him, this tradition is now known as St. Patrick’s Day.  St. Patrick’s Day has very popular symbols which are shamrocks, and little men called Leprechauns.  Shamrocks are also the flower of Ireland  Legends say that each leaf of the Clover/Shamrock has a meaning: Hope, Faith, Love, and LUCK  The Color of St. Patrick’s Day used to be blue instead of green  A tradition of St Patrick’s Day is to wear green if not, then you get a pinch.  The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the US was held in Boston in 1737  Odds of actually getting a four leaf clover: 1 in 10,000  To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, the river is dyed green for a few hours