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We’ve been getting into the green of things for #StPatricksDay. In celebration of St Patrick’s Day thousands of people around the world dress up in green, attend parades and drink loads of green beer. There are many myths and legends that surround this traditional Irish holiday. The one thing we can all be sure of is that the day is something to celebrate. Here are a few St Paddy’s Day facts to help you celebrate the day.

The odds of finding a Four-Leaf Clover

There is a reason the four-leaf clover is considered to be lucky. Your chances of finding one are around 1 in 10 000. The extra leaf on the clover is actually a genetic mutation. In 2009 a retired crop researcher from Japan was able to produce a 56-leaf clover. The unique creation currently holds the world record. A great way to bring a little luck to your home is to plant white clover as a lawn covering. The covering is easy to maintain and looks spectacular. Get the children out of the house and let them find their own bit of luck.

Strange #StParticksDay fact you need to know

Some of the world’s favourite St Patrick’s Day traditions are not even Irish. For the most part St Patrick’s Day and its celebrations dominate the month of March. Everything from charity events to social gathering takes place under the green St Paddy’s theme. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting bits surrounding this festive day.

Paddy wasn’t Irish

St Patrick was in actual fact born British. After he was forced in slavery by Irish pirates St Patrick turned to his faith.

Blue or Green

According to various historians, the colour of St Patrick was actually blue and not green.  The use of green colours first became popular in the min 1600’s. The use of green works well alongside green of the clover or shamrock. The Shamrock is also the national symbol and flower of Ireland.

People can rack up HUGE bar tabs

In America, over $5-billion is spent on booze celebrating #StPatricksDay. Traditionally the holiday was celebrated as a dry holiday as it was observed as a religious holiday and all pubs were closed. This changed in the 1970’s. Once the Irish discovered that the day attracted many tourists, the green beer flowed freely. Keep reading for our best suggestions for St Patrick’s Day festive drinks. The most widely consumed beverage on St Patricks Day is beer.

Shamrock a symbol of hope and love

St Patrick used the shamrock to describe the holy trinity. Later interpretations explain the Shamrock to symbolise hope, love, and faith. The fourth leaf on the shamrock symbolises luck.

Get into the spirit this St Patrick’s Day with these magical treats:

• Shamrock Soda Bread

Baked Corned Beef and Cabbage Hash

Alternatively, get a little festive with these stunning St Patrick’s Day drinks.

Irish Sour Apple Cocktail

Shamrock Sour

Get into the spirit of things this #StPatricksDay. Find a green shirt and have a pint. How ever you decide to celebrate please remember to be responsible.