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Five fun facts for St. Patrick’s Day

Though firmly rooted in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was invented in America. Irish-Americans in Boston were the first to celebrate the holiday, back in 1737. Here are five things about St. Patrick’s Day that you may not have known.

A bagpiper plays as he walks across the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, as part of the exchange's St. Patrick's Day observance.
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1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish

The man whom the holiday honors was born in Britain to Roman parents in the third century. As a teenager, he was kidnapped and spirited away to Ireland, where he was enslaved and forced to work as a shepherd for seven years.

The future patron saint of Ireland eventually escaped and returned Britain, but according to legend, a heavenly voice came to him in a dream and commanded him to return to Ireland to convert the country to Christianity.


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