I’d like to know how Irish Christians actually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, because here in the U.S., it’s the day that everyone decides they are Irish, and take it upon themselves to celebrate the day by wearing green and getting pissed.
My favorite story about St. Patrick, is that he used the shamrock to illustrate to the Irish the Christian Trinity—the Father, Son, and The Holy Ghost. That is why the shamrock is a central symbol for St. Patrick’s Day.
As a child, I remember always looking for fourth leaf clovers, hoping to stumble upon a bit of luck, not realizing how special the three leaf clover is.
I am, however, curious about the tradition of getting pinched for not wearing green started. I’ve read a couple stories. One involves mere child’s play. Another story stems from the oppression suffered after the English invasion of Ireland. Apparently, wearing green could get you killed, because that was the color of the banner under which the Irish fought against the English. Thus, green became a symbol of the proud Irish rebel. Therefore, when the Irish immigrated to America during the potato famine few wore green once St. Patrick’s Day rolled around. Those who did pinched the others for lack of pride. I have no idea how accurate this story is, but there you have it.
Now you can go on with your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a little more on your mind other than getting pissed.
Please drink safely and smartly.
BIG LOVE & HUGS