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St. Patrick's Day And The Wearing Of Green

Updated on August 31, 2016
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The Wearing Of Green

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural as well as a religious day celebrated on the day of his (Saint Patrick) death March 17th. Most commonly known as the patron saints of Ireland.

It is on St. Patrick's Day that many people, wear something green, even some that are not Irish.

It is at this time that you may even hear Irish songs...One that comes to mind is " The Wearing of the Green".

The wearing of a bit of green is a reminder of how beautiful and green the countryside of Ireland is.

The island nation is so green in fact, that it is often called the Emerald Isle. The shamrock also the color of green and is the national flower of Ireland.

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Pinching

If you don't wear green on St. Patrick's day, you may get pinched.

Be sure and get your green on, even if it is a small amount of green, maybe worn in the form of a shamrock,or a full on attire...remember the green must be visible..

Anyone who's ever been a school kid knows that if you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, you get pinched. The pinching tradition came fairly late and is more associated with American St. Patrick's Day celebrations than Irish ones.

Why Pinch? It has become an American tradition to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. It apparently began with the school children. Although the tradition is now widespread, no one seems to know when school children began this practice of pinching anyone who is not wearing green.

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A Holy Day And A National Holiday

St. Patrick's Day , in Ireland is a holy day as well as a national holiday.

Christianity was brought to Ireland by the patron saint , St. Patrick.

Legend has it that, St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain to the people about God.

The shamrock, which looks like clover, has three leaves on each stem. It was told to the people by St. Patrick that, the shamrock was like the Trinity. In one God there are three divine persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

Usually St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with a parade.


In Dublin, Ireland the parade has come to be known as the Irish Mardi Gras. But of all the parades , it seems the one in New York City is perhaps the biggest.

In the New York City parade, two big Irish Wolfhounds always lead the marchers. The huge dogs are the mascots of the Fighting 69th, an infantry regiment that is part of the New York National Guard. There was a time when the regiment was made up of Irishmen. A hundred thousand marchers and a hundred bands, follow the dogs up Fifth Avenue. The parade lasting for hours.

Step by step, and block by block, the Soldiers of the New York National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, will lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue, just as they have every year since 1851.

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Corn Beef And Cabbage and all the trimmings

Corn beef, Cabbage and Irish Soda Bread are the traditional foods eaten on St.Patrick's Day.

There's not much to cooking corned beef in the crockpot; just put enough water to barely cover the meat, add spices and a few onions, and let it simmer on low for 6-7 hours, or until the meat is tender enough to pierce easily with a fork. Serve with cabbage, carrots (and even a few potatoes if you're not on a diet) for a great Irish American meal that definitely tastes good, especially if you only eat it once a year!

Corned Beef with Veggies and Horseradish Sauce Recipe

Irish Soda Bread: It appears everyone has their favorite Irish soda bread recipe. Some with caraway seed, some with raisins, some with both, some with neither. The essential ingredients in a traditional Irish soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The acid in buttermilk reacts with the base of the baking soda to provide the bread’s leavening. This soda bread is a slightly fancied up version of the Irish classic, with a little butter, sugar, an egg, and some raisins added to the base. Note that soda bread dries out quickly so is only good for a day or two. It is best eaten freshly baked and warm or toasted.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe


Artificially colored green beer is also consumed.

Students in Miami start drinking this beer early in celebration of " Green Beer Day."

Not only in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, but to also celebrate the beginning of spring break.

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wonderful st patrick day suggestions. I have a green bag, green t shirt and green tumbler ready for this day. Voted up

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      hi peachpurple, thank you for stopping by, sounds like you are all set..and good to go

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 4 years ago

      faythef,

      nice hub here you have about st. patricks day

      interesting and informational

      voted up

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      thank you torrilynn

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Very interesting and also helpful! Thanks for sharing! I had not been aware of much history behind St. Patrick's Day and therefore was assuming it was not considered a Christian holiday. My mistake! I created a unique gift bag, made with felt fabric, for St.Patrick's :) You can see it on Pinterest, here: http://pinterest.com/pin/279786195572684999/

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Hi healthwealthmusic,Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Truth is I didn't know about St. Patrick either until just recently.. I repined your unique gift bag ..it is really cute.

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      Letha G. 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing Happy St Patrick's Day

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      @lethag Happy St Patrick's Day to you

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