Did you know that the original centuries-old Irish legend of Leprechauns actually had the wee folk wearing red? And when St. Patrick’s Day was first conceived, blue was the official color.
But by the 17th century green was the color of St. Patrick’s Day. The color green probably won out for several reasons – Green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag; Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle,” for its lush green landscape; green is also the color of spring, and of the shamrock, which plays heavily in the Irish myths and legends of St. Patrick himself.
The modern version of St. Patrick’s Day is a world-wide event. Every March 17 parades, Irish folk music, and feasts of Irish food can be found from Europe to Asia. And in virtually every country you will find that wearing green is part of the celebration.
The notion that you will get pinched if you are not wearing green is actually an American invention. The story is that Leprechauns, those mischievous little fellows, love to pinch people on St. Patrick’s Day.
But, if you wear green, you are invisible to Leprechauns and you won’t get pinched. Even the smallest bit of green does the trick.
So, you can wear green from head to toe, or you can hide a speck of green in your plaid – either way you’ll be safe from those playful Leprechaun imps.
You can also carry things that are green. Next St. Patrick’s Day remember that our popular ergonomic pen, the UGLee Pen, comes in seven great colors, including a bright and pretty – Green!