St. Patrick

Who’s St. Patrick, and why do I get pinched if I don’t wear green?  After a little sleuthing, here’s what I found:  St. Patrick was a Christian missionary in Ireland who is recognized as the patron saint of Ireland.  Celebrated around the world, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is an annual feast day that celebrates his life. 

The “wearing of the green” historically referred to pinning shamrocks on one’s attire to celebrate.  St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, which boasts 3 leaves, to explain the Trinity.

According to wickipedia, pinching is an American tradition, having nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick.  It apparently started in the 1700s.  They thought that if you wore green, you were then invisible to leprechauns, which were “known to pinch.”  So pinching became a reminder and warning of leprechauns.

Here’s to weird traditions – but most importantly – a man who devoted his life to Christ.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


~ by Serena on March 17, 2010.

One Response to “St. Patrick”

  1. From what I’ve read he sounds pretty cool. My understanding was that he wasn’t actually Irish, but was kidnapped by the Irish and held for years. He learned about their culture during that time, and finally escaped. Later he choose to go back to the people who had captured him, and spend his life evangelizing them.

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