As the day draws near you see folks busy hunting out their lucky green. They don green hats, shorts, and pants. Wear shamrock covered shirts and skirts and with tushies up in the air they are busily searching the grass for a sighting of a rare four leaf clover.
You can find them drinking green milkshakes at McDonald's, green beer over at the local pub, and local restaurants are even serving up green spuds. A person really has to stop to imagine that one. Green potatoes!
Now not to mention that all this green food is enough to make a person feel a little queasy but what really concerns me on St. Patrick's day is the fact that I am likely going to be pinched black and blue if I don't wear green on that day. So here is the reasoning behind this wave of going green.
The Color Green Offers Respect for Ireland and the Irish People
Known as the Emerald Isle for it's lush green rolling hills and valleys Ireland has long been associated with the color green. It is Saint Patrick though who forever bonded the color green to Ireland and the Irish people.
St. Patrick was originally associated with the color blue but when he used the three leaf shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the Irish masses he created a spiritual significance to the wearing of the green shamrock.
The Wearing of the Green by Orthodox Celts
The Three Leaf Shamrock and the Holy Trinity
In Saint Patrick's teachings the Shamrock was used to represent the Holy Trinity. The three leaves of the shamrock, while each standing alone as an individual, were also as one just as in the Holy Trinity.
One leaf of the shamrock represented the Father, one the son, and one the Holy Spirit. Together they were united as one.
Saint Patrick's teachings of the Holy Trinity brought about a popular trend to wear a shamrock, and over time, to wear a shamrock came to be knows as to wear the green.
On March 17 of the 1798 rebellion Irish soldiers wore green uniforms in support of Ireland. (March 17th being the date of Saint Patrick's death).
The wearing of green is now a symbol of pride and support for Ireland and the Irish people. It also serves as protection from a St. Patrick's Day pinch.
A Pinch for Not Wearing Green on Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick was a very popular minister of religion to the people of Ireland and although many mourned his passing on March 17th, this date was not originally recognized as a day to celebrate his life.
The tradition of recognizing St. Patrick's day was actually initiated within the United States by Irish Immigrants. Receiving a pinch for not wearing green on March 17th in honor of this day is believed to be a custom which originated in the United States.
Why we pinch someone not wearing green on St. Patrick's day is not really known. The tradition may have began as a reminder to those who were negligent of wearing green on March 17th that they should be more attentive in the future.
The wearing of green is seen as a sign of respect toward those of Irish ancestry. So the March 17th pinch may be symbolic of a small punishment delivered from a leprechaun to those neglecting this respect.
Shamrock (Seamrog) Meaning: Young Clover or Little Clover
It's a Tradition so be Wearing the Green On March 17th
May the luck of the Irish be around you. On St. Patrick's day wear Irish green. March 17th a deluxe suede leprechaun's hat will keep the pinch out of your day. Top of the mornin' to ya!
Style up in a green retro golf tam. It's a hat that will show your Irish pride in classic style.
A nice green t-shirt or a gorgeous green dress. Just shade it light or shade it dark but be a wearing the green on this very special Irish holiday.
A stylish emerald green vest and tie is ideal for this very special day. Show your Irish pride by wearing green on March 17th St. Patrick's day.
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