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Your St. Patrick's Day IQ: Answer 3

In Ireland long ago, St. Patrick's Day festivities included?


Answer: Pinning a shamrock to your hat or clothing 

Shamrocks never go out of style, which explains their enduring popularity as a St. Patrick’s Day fashion accessory. Traditionally, a live shamrock would have been worn to church, a large feast and a music and dance party (known as a “caeli”). At the end of the night, the shamrock would be plunged into the last pint of beer. It would then be taken from the empty glass and thrown over the left shoulder for good luck!

The Irish of yesteryear wouldn’t swig green beer—it simply didn’t exist hundreds of years ago—and they would’ve preferred a bit of boiled bacon to the now standard corned beef-and-cabbage combo. Corned beef, in fact, didn’t gain popularity until the 19th century, when Irish emigrants to the U.S. adapted it as the St. Patrick’s Day meal of choice.

As for draping yourself (or your child) in heaps of green, the Irish wouldn’t recommend it: Wearing too much green is thought to be bad luck. After all, green is the favorite color of the mystical fairies of Ireland, who were said to steal any children who wore too much green. So save those green garments for another day!

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