Guinness on a Friday? Why thank you!

Friday 17th March marks the special date when people from around the globe unite in celebration to recognise St Patrick’s Day and honour Irish heritage. The Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural celebration on the day St Patrick passed away on 17th March, in the year 461AD.

To celebrate this special occasion, Kiwis are invited to enjoy Ireland’s favourite brew this St Patrick’s Day, whether it’s an after work pint with friends, a traditional Irish lunch or a Guinness chocolate cake at work, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

Ahead of the global celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, we have compiled some interesting facts about Saint Patrick and Guinness so you can assume the role as the ultimate St Patrick’s Day quizmaster.

Top Facts on St. Patrick

• St Patrick is one of the patron saints of Ireland and according to popular legend, St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes.

• The Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural celebration on the day Saint Patrick passed away on 17th March, in the year 461AD.

• St Patrick was in fact not Irish. He was from Wales.

• St Patrick’s name wasn’t Patrick. His real name was actually Maewyn Succat.

• For many years, blue was the colour most often associated with St Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St Patrick’s blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.

• Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader presents a crystal bowl of shamrocks to the US President. The shamrock, grown in Co. Kerry in Ireland, is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange. For security reasons, you’re not allowed to give a food or floral gift to the US president.

  • Green is synonymous with the shamrock, hence the change in hue to green from blue!

 Top Guinness Facts

• Around ten million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world every day; almost two billion pints a year.

• If last year is anything to go by St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated by over 70 million people in six continents with over 13 million pints of Guinness enjoyed.

• Guinness has 8,745 years left on the lease of St James Gate Brewery in Ireland.

• On average, one Irish pub a day opens around the world.

• Guinness is brewed in 50 countries, including at St. James’s Gate, Dublin.

• St. James’s Gate Brewery brews 4.5 million hectolitres of Guinness every year.

So whether you’re Irish, or just like to pretend for the day, go on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style – dressed in green with a cold pint of Guinness, of course!

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