In honor of the holiday, here are some fun facts:
- In ancient Ireland, the shamrock, also known as the “seamroy” by the Celts, was considered a sacred plant because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers who were serving in the English military marched through New York City.
- Irish soda bread, which was first introduced to Ireland around the 1840s, is a tradition which has been passed down through the generations. No St. Patrick’s Day menu is complete without Irish soda bread.