Why Do We Wear Green On St. Patrick’s Day?

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By KYLIE BADOLATO

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate little leprechauns? Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up, so what better time to talk about it than now? Saint Patrick’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration which praises the life of Saint Patrick and the commemoration of the arrival of the Christian religion in Ireland. Today, this holiday has evolved into celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, and dancing, wearing lots of green. 

One of the reasons we wear green on St. Patricks Day is because of Ireland’s nickname, The Emerald Isle. Additionally, St. Patrick was thought to have used green shamrocks to teach people about the Holy Trinity. (If you find a four-leaf clover, consider yourself lucky!)

It is also impossible to go without talking about leprechauns while discussing the topic of Saint Patrick’s Day. It is also impossible to ignore all the leprechaun decorations during St. Patrick’s Day. Legend has it that all leprechaun’s favorite color is green, and if you are not seen wearing green, you will be pinched by the invisible creatures ! To prevent being pinched on March 17th, people dress in green attire! 

Even if you do not consider yourself Catholic or Irish, you can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by hosting a fun get-together, dancing it up, and eating with your loved ones. If you go in a field and try finding a four-leaf clover, you may end up lucky for the rest of the year! Maybe you can even find a rainbow and a pot of gold if you try hard enough! Now show your St. Patrick’s Day spirit and go celebrate!

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