Saint Patrick’s Day: everyone’s favorite day to drink beer, bar hop, and get pinched. Kidding, no one likes getting pinched, but if you’re not wearing green on St. Patty’s Day, you just might be. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1700s, and it’s really not as big a deal as you might think.
According to Luke Ahearn, owner of New Orleans’ Irish Cultural Museum, it’s an American twist (literally) on the Irish holiday.
He told ABC that leprechauns, a symbol of luck, are supposed to be invisible and mischievous, “so people pinch you to remind you that if you’re not wearing green, you’ll get pinched by a leprechaun.”
Another reason, Ahearn says, is because Ireland is considered the “Emerald Isle,” and if you’re not wearing green, it’s as if you’re not honoring it. Getting pinched for that reason is a bit of a punishment for lack of respect, if you will, or a reminder to honor the homeland.
Conclusion: wear green. At best, you’ll be teased by a “leprechaun.” At worst, you’ll be reprimanded by a (probably) drunk person for dishonor.
Not a good look. Happy St. Patty’s day!!
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