Here are three facts about St. Patrick's day and how people in the United States plan to spend the holiday.
Later this month, millions of people around the country will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are three facts about St. Patrick’s day and how people in the United States plan to spend the holiday.
1) Origins of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day honors the death of Saint Patrick, who was the patron saint of Ireland.
The holiday is celebrated annually on March 17. The patron saint is believed to have died on March 17, 461 AD.
The holiday began as a religious feast in the 17th century but has evolved into a global celebration of Irish culture.
2) How people will spend the holiday
According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, $5.9 billion is expected to be spent for St. Patrick’s Day. Last year, about $5.3 billion was spent during the holiday.
About 60 percent of people plan to celebrate the holiday this year.
Of that 60 percent, 83 percent of people plan to wear green during the day; 31 percent of people plan to make a special dinner; and 27 percent of people plan to attend a party at a bar or restaurant.
People will also spend an average of $36.65 on the holiday.
3) Best cities for St. Patrick’s Day
In 2017, WalletHub released its ranking of the best cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The rankings take into account the city’s holiday traditions, costs, safety and accessibility and weather.
The top 10 cities on the list were: Buffalo, N.Y.; Madison, Wis.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Worcester, Maine; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Akron, Ohio; Tampa, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Cleveland, Ohio.
Three Missouri cities were included in the rankings: Springfield was listed at 16, St. Louis at 33 and Kansas City at 58.