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Is it true that green color may signify bad luck in Ireland?


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2009-03-30 14:48:56
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not in the area in which i was reared - south east. i can't answer for everywhere else. No way! green is not a symbol of bad luck in Ireland.It shows of prosperous green lands. Im from the west coast. I have never heard of it being unlucky It did in years gone by. Green is the favourite colour of the Little People. If you wore too much of it, you could offend them and they would dry your cows, steal your children, ruin your crops etc. This belief only died out in the mid twentieth century.

Certainly my Grandparents would not wear green, and very little green cloth was sold here until the 1950s. Answer I grew up in Dublin (born 1932) and nobody thought green unlucky; you saw it everywhere. Gates, railings, fences, letterboxes, telephone booths etc were always painted green. Since ancient time Ireland has been known as the Emerald Isle and the old Irish flag was green with a gold harp. Green was symbolic of Ireland and of Irish nationalism and perhaps some people may have avoided wearing it in case they might be suspected of being "rebels". (Cf. references to green in rebel songs: Wearing of the green - 1798; Boolavogue - 1898; Wrap the green flag round me - 1916). I never heard that green was unlucky until I started mixing with English people and assumed their belief was based on the association green/Irish and the fact that their Irish "subjects" had always given them trouble!


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Because you wont get pinched and so you can have good luck. Saint Patrick isn't associated with the color green, but he is the patron saint of Ireland, and Ireland's national color is green, as is half of its national flag. So people like to wear green to celebrate the festival of one of the Saints of Ireland. Saint Brigid, another Saint of Ireland, isn't especially linked to the color green, but her day - February 1st - is frequently symbolized by a cross (not a crucifix-shape) made of roughly-woven rushes (a sort of dried grass), or straw.

because it's color that says luck that why he wears green..

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If you are not wearing green you can be pinched by someone who is. For a more detailed answer. The whole pinching thing started because people usually thought Leprechauns wore green, and we believed that whenever a leprechaun WASN'T wearing green, then they would pinch each other to show that they were against that. So in America, we began doing that ourselves on St. Patricks day. In short, it's an American tradition. They may do it in Ireland, but they didn't start it. So nothing special happens in Ireland if you don't wear green. It's just the color they took because Ireland is associated with the color green, and most Catholic Priests wore green. :-) i dis agree jaja if u dont on the day u get bad luck if u do u get good luck and find a rainbow with pot of gold is that real of course silly

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There's a lot of reasons why green is such an important colour in Ireland. Ireland is often referred to as the "Emerald Isle" and green is identified with the republican and nationalist traditions in modern times. Green is a strong trend in the Irish holiday St. Patrick's Day. The green in the flag of the Republic of Ireland symbolises Irish republicanism dating back to the Society of United Irishmen in the 1790s. You could also say green is a big part of Ireland because of the symbolism of the shamrock. The shamrock was chosen to be Ireland's national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. St. Patrick demonstrated the meaning of the Three-in-One by picking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his listeners. He told them that just as the shamrock is one leaf with three parts, God is one entity with three Persons. The Irish have considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols since earliest times, and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck. Ireland is actually a very green country with lots of green land, you could say green can also represent how lush and pure the land of Ireland is. And since it rains a lot in Ireland, the Irish can at least say that their land is very healthy and beautiful. The beautiful green landscape was probably the inspiration for the national color of colour of green. Wearing the color green is considered an act of paying tribute to Ireland. It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick's Day. Many long 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. Most people truly believe that it's purely the fact of the country being so green and landscaped that the colour green was chosen as the national colour. There is no real known reason.

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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 with converting the island to Christianity. Whereas the Protestants are identified with orange, and are often called "Orangemen," as in King William the Orange. The clashes in Ireland between the Catholics and Protestants are often clashes of the green and the orange. The irony is that the Irish flag, is supposed to represent the unity of the two with the white between the two colors representing unity. The traditional pinching of a person who wears orange on St. Patrick's Day is a mild form of the violence that has so often occurred in the past as both factions have had St. Patrick's Day marches/parades. In Ireland, you only wear green if you are Catholic. Protestants all wear orange. The US does not observe this tradition. The day is celebrated with parades, green beer and lots of shamrock decorations. On St. Paddy's day, everyone is Irish.History: Just before the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland if you wore a shamrock in your hat, it signified your support for the Rebellion. Hence the saying "the wearing of the green." Green was also the colour of "Society of United Irishmen," a republican revoluntionary organisation. This organisation launched the 1798 Rebellion and may I add that the forefathers/founders of this Organisation, despite public misconception were a mixture of Presbyterians, Church of Ireland and Catholics.Another answer: 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 Ireland, many of the Irish traditions were adopted into practice, to make conversion easier. Saint Patrick included using bonfires and adopted the symbol of the sun onto the cross, creating what is now known as the Celtic Cross. Since the local Pagan population was hesitant to give up wearing green, that too was adopted. It should be noted that St. Patrick's original color was blue.In honor of St. Patrick and his symbol is a clover and clovers are green and if you don't you get pinched unless your birthday is that day. Also because St. Patrick's day kiss the day of luck and green is a lucky color.The reason the color green is associated with St. Patrick's Day is the origin of the holiday is Ireland. Ireland is a very green place henceforth the green.Green is the color of Ireland (often called "The Emerald Isle"), the color of shamrocks, the official "Irish" color, as it were.

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