St. Patrick’s Day may be an Irish holiday, but it is celebrated in many countries around the world, with the breathtaking parades, funny costumes, shamrock-shaped treats, green beers, and crazy parties. The question is: how many of us do know the origin of the holiday? Why is green color so meaningful? What are the lucky charms? Why was St. Patrick’s Day named after a man who was not Irish?

There are more questions than answers, but some facts are known. Even though today’s festivities and traditions are a little bit different from the real origins of the Irish holiday, here are seven things you probably did not know about St. Paddy’s Day.

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