Last week on Crowdtap, we asked you guys to tell us your plans for St. Patrick’s Day. Though it’s a day of green, green, and more green, there’s also a pretty fascinating history behind why we celebrate.
Though it came as a shock to us when we were doing research, the O.G. St. Patrick was either British or Scottish (historians can’t agree), and NOT Irish. Whodathunk?
39% of Tappers knew (or guessed) that St. Patrick’s heritage has nothing to do with the famed luck of the Irish, and in fact he was unluckily captured and enslaved by Irish Pagans for six years in his formative teen years. But good ol’ St. Pat still found the grass to be greener in Ireland (probably literally) and he developed an admiration for the Irish mindset. After his escape from enslavement, he vowed to one day return to the country (sans enslavement) and eventually became the patron saint.
Maybe most of us aren’t exactly sure why we celebrate his name, but in St. Pat’s life accomplishments in today’s world have led to many libations and an annual party. Not a bad way to commemorate the guy.
We polled a little over 5k members, and found that 58% of our Tappers wear green to avoid getting pinched, 21% eat traditional Irish food, 11% hit up a local parade, and 10% head to an Irish pub. Sounds like a solid day!
But most importantly, we wanted to know:
Too many non-believers! In all fairness, 18% of you couldn’t decide, so there’s still hope. But for those of you who do believe, be on the lookout for these mischievous little guys, because it’s said that just spotting one is good luck.
Were you shocked to find out the truth about St. Patrick’s heritage? Or are you just psyched to wear green and try to spot leprechauns? Let us know your plans in the comments below!