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Why do people get pinched on Saint Patrick's Day if they do not wear green?

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It's thought that the pinching started in the early 1700s, about the time that awareness of St. Patrick's as a holiday came to the fore, too, in Boston, in the Massachusetts colony. They thought if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see. So the pinching is to warn and remind you about the Leprechauns.

Pinching those not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is an American tradition, having really nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick Wrong. I have lived in Ireland. The truth is, Irish people think Americans are crazy. St. Patrick's Day is not even remotely celebrated over there as heavily as it is in the US.

WikiAnswers users share their ideas on the origin:
  • Many years ago, playful Irish children began the tradition of pinching people who forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day and the tradition is still practiced today.
  • You get pinched because you're a nonconformist.
  • Pinching gives you a bruise so you can have some green on you.
  • The act of pinching on St. Patrick's day began in America with Irish settlers who tried to get their kids to behave by telling them that fairies would come pinch them.
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Why do people wear green on Saint Patrick's Day?

One of the reasons that one wears green on St. Patrick's Day is because the Catholic side of Ireland is identified with green, and St. Patrick is a Catholic Saint credited wit

Do you have to wear green if your Irish on Saint Patrick's Day?

No. In fact some people in Ireland wear orange. This dates back to William of Orange and his supporters. In Ireland wearing the green stands for the Catholic religion and wear

What are other reasons why people wear green on Saint Patrick's Day?

In America it is tradition for EVERYONE to wear something green. School kids have a tradition of their own, if you are caught without something green: you get a pinch. Not a m

Where did wearing green on Saint Patrick's Day?

The wearing of Green stems from the ancient Celtic practice of wearing green during the Vernal Equinox to celebrate the rebirth of the Earth. When Christianity invaded Irela