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Don’t Forget: Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day

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To celebrate the annual Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, many wear the color green. As you may know, people who don’t wear green run the risk of being pinched. But why do we pinch people who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? Is it some kind of punishment or just an excuse to pinch somebody?

“A lot of people say that leprechauns pinch you,” Cameron Kao, a student at San Mateo High School, stated. Guess what? She is absolutely correct! The tradition of pinching somebody for not wearing green may seem odd, but it does hold meaning on this holiday.

Though St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional Irish holiday, the pinching was started as an American tradition that started in the 1700’s. Rumors were that leprechauns pinched people for not wearing green like them! When you wear green, you supposedly could not be seen by leprechauns who are looking for those who aren’t celebrating the Irish holiday. Today, people, not leprechauns do the pinching on those not wearing green.

Surprisingly, the official color of St. Patrick’s day was blue, not green. As time went on, green became the most popular color related with St. Patrick’s Day because of Ireland’s nickname of “The Emerald Isle.”

Despite Ireland’s nickname, in Ireland, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Catholics wear green while Irish Protestants wear orange. The colors green and orange are represented on the Irish flag.

This St. Patrick’s Day will be taking place on March 17th. Make sure that you have your green gear on and beware of the “leprechauns” that will pinch you if you forget to wear their favorite color!

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