Ever wonder why we wear the color green on St. Pat’s Day? Or have you imagined how you would plan one of the many March 17th parties to showcase Ireland’s patron saint? What’s to celebrate?
We cheer Erin Go Bragh (or Ireland forever!) to Ireland’s history, folklore, foods, music, shamrocks, snakes and colors.
Irish immigrants in the U.S. started the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, and green likely became popular at that time due to its description as the Emerald Isle. Or the color may have come from green in the Irish flag or from stories about the shamrock used by St. Patrick to teach the Trinity.
Catholics do tend to associate more with green in Ireland, but Protestants typically wear orange. Both colors relate to the Irish flag, where white is symbolic of the peace between both groups.
While Irish do not wear much green on St. Patrick’s Day, nor do they host many of the wild parties seen in other areas, they do tell a popular legend that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns that will pinch you if they can see you.
Who’s St. Patrick Anyway? Would you believe he once ranked as British slave?
If you were to plan the perfect March 17th festival – what would it look like?
Would St. Patrick attend your planned gig?
Check out a resource that puts students in charge of planning the St. Patrick’s Day party! Here’s to the Luck o’ the Irish within each of us.
Wishing you sun on your shoulders and wind in your sails!
In fact, why not write a limerick or sonnet to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a bit of leprechaun flair?
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