Why do people wear green on Saint Patrick's Day?
Wearing the Green
Here are some suggested explanations:
- "The colors of the Republic of Ireland are a tricolor of green, white, and orange. The orange supposedly represents the Protestant population, the green the Catholic, and the white the peace between them. (Let's just leave Northern Ireland out of this.) Protestants don't celebrate saint's days. So the wearing of green is a symbol of Saint Patrick's day and then Ireland, the Emerald Isle, in general. The day as a holiday with parades, green beer etc. is more of an American tradition than Irish, and of course on St. Paddy's day everyone is Irish."
- One of the reasons that one wears green on St. Patrick's Day is because the Catholic side of Ireland is identified with green, and St. Patrick is a Catholic Saint credited with converting the island to Christianity. Whereas the Protestants are identified with orange, and are often called "Orangemen", as in King William the Orange. The clashes in Ireland between the Catholics and Protestants are often clashes of the green and the orange. The irony is that the Irish flag, is supposed to represent the unity of the two with the white between the two colors represnting unity. The traditional pinching of a person who wears orange on St. Patrick's Day is a mild form of the violence that has so often occured in the past as both factions have had St. Patrick's Day marches/parades.
- In Ireland there is actually very little preference to green at the parades, maybe a few novelty hats but not much more. Wearing green is an American thing.
- So they don't get pinched silly.
- I don't know why the wearing of certain colors originated, but in Ireland, you only wear green if you are Catholic. Protestants all wear orange. The US does not observe this tradition.
- The reason Irish people wear green was that just before the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland if you wore a shamrock in your hat it signified your support for the Rebellion. Hence the saying "the wearing of the green". Green was also the colour of "Society of United Irishmen", a republician revoluntionary organisation. This organisation launched the 1798 Rebellion and may I add that the forefathers/founders of this Organisation, despite public misconception were a mixture of Presbyterians, Church of Ireland and Catholics.
- The wearing of Green stems from the ancient Celtic practice of wearing green during the Vernal Equinox to celebrate the rebirth of the Earth. When Christianity invaded Ireland, many of the Irish traditions were adopted into practice, to make conversion easier. Saint Patrick included using bonfires and adopted the symbol of the sun onto the cross, creating what is now known as the Celtic Cross. Since the local Pagan population was hesitant to give up wearing green, that too was adopted. It should be noted that St. Patrick's original color was blue.
- It's very fun to wear green and you don't get pinched!!
- Ireland is a very lush and green country.
- Green is one of the colors of the Republic of Ireland. The other two colors are white and orange. Green represents Catholics, orange represents Protestants, and white represents the peace between the two religions. However, Protestants don't celebrate saints. So, Saint Patrick's Day is originally a day in which Catholics celebrate St. Patrick, a Christian missionary and patron of Ireland. However, today Americans of all races come together to celebrate this holiday full of fun activities and superstitions.
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