Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. The feast day of Saint Patrick, which is held on the 17th of March, is typically associated with the colour green. Other associations include shamrocks, leprechauns and green hats!
This special day was originally a Roman Catholic feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. Nowadays, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many countries across the globe including England, Malta, Russia, Scotland and USA. For a full list of countries, see here.
Why Do We Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?
Every year on the 17th of March, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades, partying and a plethora of green: green clothing, green hats, green accessories, green party decorations, and the list goes on…
This date marks the death of Saint Patrick. According to the National Geographic:
- Saint Patrick was thought to have been born Maewyn Succat in late 4th century Britannia.
- He used the name “Patricius” in his writings.
- He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave.
- It is said that while in a state of enslavement, he heard a voice while sleeping, urging him to escape.
- After reuniting with his family, Patrick studied to become a priest and spent the rest of his life as a missionary in Ireland.
- Patrick used green shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish while doing missionary work.
- He has also been credited with banishing snakes from Ireland.
But Why Do People Wear Green on this Day?
According to some accounts, Saint Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. Other accounts claim that green represents Ireland as a country because:
- Green is one of the colours on Ireland’s flag.
- Ireland is known for its lush green landscape and is commonly known as the “Emerald Isle”.
- Green is the “colour of spring, the shamrock and the Chicago River, which the Midwestern city has dyed green” for the past 50 years (Haq, 2010).
If I Forget, Pinch Me
If you forget to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day, don’t be surprised if you get pinched. I lived in Boston at one point in my life, and I remember going to school and seeing one of the eighth-graders being pinched by one of the “cool kids”. Apparently, it’s a tradition in the United States to pinch people if they forget to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day, so to all my American readers, don’t forget to mark your calendars!
Remember this episode of The Simpsons when Bart forgot to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day and he had to pay a heavy price for his “sins”?
As for me, I’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about. I’m an Aussie. LOL 🙂
But seriously though, I will be approaching saint Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday and will be wearing green as is tradition.
To all my readers around the world, I don't know what your religious beliefs are, but to all who celebrate, I would like to wish you a happy Saint Patrick's Day. Hope you enjoy the festivities!
|So, do you wear green on Saint Patrick's Day? I would love it if you could answer the poll below. Have a good one!|
Haq, H. (2010, Mar. 17). St. Patrick's Day: Why do we wear green? Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2UdeUVX
National Geographic. (2018, Mar. 17). Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Retrieved from https://youtu.be/mfrwReAi-3k
Saint Patrick's Day. (2020). Retrieved March 16, 2020 from https://bit.ly/2U7ZDFL