On March 17, millions will join together to celebrate Irish Culture on a day known as St. Patricks Day.

What you may not know is that this celebration is actually celebrating the life of one of Ireland’s Patron Saints, St. Patrick. He was known as a Christian Minister in the 15th century, who was captured and brought to Ireland as a slave. After passing away on March 17 (somewhere around the year 493) St. Patrick’s Day was formed and is now celebrated globally.

Before dressing up in all your green, beads, and having a cold one listen in on three facts you may not know…

shamrock1. The Shamrock
The most commonly recognized symbol relating to St. Patrick’s Day is a leaf from the clover plant. This symbolizes the Holy Trinity.

2. Irish in the US
There are 34.7 million U.S. residents who can be traced back with Irish decent. That’s over seven times the population of Ireland itself!

3. Drinks, Drinks, Drinks
St. Patrick’s Day ranks 4th on the most popular drinking days in the U.S. with over 13M pints of Guinness served for the celebration!

Well, there you have it! As you dress up, go out, and celebrate the Irish don’t forget to be safe. It doesn’t matter how lucky you are, drinking and driving is never worth it.