Wearing of the Green on St. Patrick's Day

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

Do you have Irish heritage? Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way?

Many people have an Irish heritage. Perhaps you do, but you don't even know it. I found out just a few years ago that I have Irish ancestors. In researching my family history I found one ancestor that we didn't have information on his parents or where he was born. We knew he came to the United States, and the records showed he sailed from England, and that was all we knew. Recently more information has been found, and we now know he was Irish.

Lucky Four-Leaf Clovers

I have wondered where certain beliefs came from. St. Patrick was said to have taught about the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost) with a shamrock which has three leaves. That explains the importance of shamrocks in Ireland. But I wondered how did the four-leaf clover come to represent good luck. One reason is because you are lucky if you find a four-leaf clover. From one survey it was found that there is only one four-leaf clover in every 5000 clovers. Another reason is that each leaf represents different things. The first leaf represents hope, the second leaf represents faith, the third leaf represents love, and the fourth leaf represents good luck.

Wearing Green

When I was growing up, St. Patrick's Day was a time to wear green. If you didn't wear any obvious green, someone was bound to pinch you. I tried to remember to wear something green on St. Patrick's Day, because if I forgot it could be a miserable day. I had a lot of fear of someone making fun of me. Some of the other kids liked to wear green that couldn't be readily seen. If someone pinched them, they would show them the hidden green and then pinch the one who pinched them. I decided to look up why such a tradition got started. The legend is that if you wear green you will stop a leprechaun from pinching you because it makes you invisible to leprechauns.

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