According to some accounts, the original color associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue. But by the 17th century the popularity of wearing green during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations grew. One of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag is green and throughout history that color has been used by several Irish revolutionary groups. One of the symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the green shamrock.
Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the pagan Irish. It was than later adopted by the “Society of United Irishmen”, an Irish political organization responsible for the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland. Wearing a shamrock signified your support for the Rebellion which is responsible for the famous saying “the wearing of the green”.
Wearing green now doesn’t have the same political connotations as it once did, but it will help you to avoid getting pinched. So wear your green and as the Irish saying goes “there are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were”. So come March 17 everyone will be Irish for a day! How will you be celebrating?
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Guest Blogger – Ashu
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