8. It Was Considered a Dry Holiday
Since the very beginning, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a religious holiday and was considered a dry holiday, which means no drinking or partying. Families in Ireland celebrated by hanging out together and eating a big meal, and the feasts were acknowledged by the priests. For about 65 years, all the pubs used to close down on the 17th of March each year in Ireland. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Ireland lifted the ban and turned Saint Patrick’s Day into a public holiday.