Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? It is the day that St. Patrick died and endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity.
So why is the color green and what does shamrock symbolize?
Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
Forgot to wear green on St. Patty’s Day? Don’t be surprised if you get pinched. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns. People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.
Parties, get-togethers, and family dinners wouldn’t be complete without corned beef and cabbage and traditional Irish and Irish-American dishes. Or, build a meal with a “green” theme. Or, share “green” beer.
For me, I’ll wear something green on this day and drink not “green” beer but a hot cup of “green” tea.