Wear Green or Get Pinched…But Why?
I will start this by wishing you a very happy St. Patty’s Day! I can’t say that I will be doing much celebrating today since, well, I’m not Irish and I don’t like the color green. Speaking of the whole wearing green thing, if you pinch me today because I don’t have green on you and I will have some major problems. How did that even become a thing, anyway? Don’t worry I looked it up so you don’t have to.
The rumor is that if you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you become invisible to those pesky lucky charm-seeking leprechauns. Now here’s what I found very interesting. According to Irishcentral.com, the origin of the pinch is actually more of an American thing. Apparently, we have more of a fondness for leprechauns and make them a bigger part of the holiday compared to Ireland. Why does this not surprise me?
Another quick fun fact about today is that if you wear blue instead of green you are actually being more traditional in your celebration. Blue was the original color of the holiday and that is because of “St. Patrick’s Blue”. Basically, it has to do with early Irish mythology and chivalry. You can get all the details about it here. But I think I’ll wear blue instead of green from now on. Not because it’s traditional but because I think blue is a better color.
Anyway, so yes, the reason Tammy from work is pinching you for not wearing green today is because she thinks she’s a leprechaun. Not cool, Tammy. Not cool.