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Re: Do you wear green on St. Patricks Day?

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I think that, here in America, we may get more into the spirit than our counterparts across the Atlantic!  Even those in the Emerald Isle!  The story is charming and we love to celebrate old traditions, especially those which involve food and drink and a lot of good-natured joking and camaraderie.  It's a permission slip to have a good time!  Oh yes, I'll wear green, thanks, and partake in all the fun!


March 17 is the feast day of St. Patrick.  He was an Irish Catholic saint, who was actually born in Britain when the Romans still occupied it.  He was brought to Ireland after being kidnapped by Irish pirates.  He eventually made his way back to Britain.  Later, he had a vision that led to his study for the priesthood and his return to Ireland.  The shamrock connection came about because he used shamrocks to teach the concept of the Trinity.  


(Disclaimer:  I am not Catholic myself.  One of my brothers married into a devout Irish Catholic family.  His sister-in-law was a nun and a distant relative in the family was declared a saint.  I learned a lot from attending various church-related family celebrations with his in-laws and the parish priest was a regular guest in their home.)

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Re: Do you wear green on St. Patricks Day?

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Dad dressed us in orange every St. Pat's Day. Scotch/Irish who are Protestants wear orange on St. Pat's. (This was the one day a year Dad copped to a wee bit o'Irish blood. The rest of the year we were Highlanders.)((Yes, my father had his issues.)) Smiley Happy


More on the colors of St Patrick's Day here:

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@AARPTeri - I never heard that folk tale about green, but I try to wear it on St. Patrick's Day! I live on the Jersey shore in an area with a high Irish population, and Belmar paints the stripe down the middle of Main Street green, for their parade. This may be one of few counties, where Irish history & Gaelic are popular continuing education courses at the community college!


I think that Spring Lake was known as the "Irish Riviera", for the wealthy families on the Philadelphia Main Line .. like Grace Kelly's family.

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Do you wear green on St. Patricks Day?

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Irish or not Irish - many wear green on St. Patrick's Day - do you?  Did you know the old lore that revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see and that is how pinching those not in green came to be?