History of Ireland
Saint Patrick's Day

What is the connection between the color green and Saint Patrick's Day?

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February 28, 2012 8:18PM

  • Actually there's no connection between green and St. Patrick. It's just that Irish connecting green color to fairies, angels, and saints, and any other Holy things.
  • Ireland is known as "The Emerald Isle," and emerald = green, so green is the color of Ireland and thus of St. Patrick's Day.
  • Now, if we were talking the Anglican Church, rather than the Irish Catholic, orange would be the color of choice. But since St. Patrick is Catholic (... not really, but you know what I mean...) green it is.
  • A major misconception is the association of St. Patrick with the color green. The confusion arises from the phrase "the wearing of the green," which means to wear a shamrock. St. Patrick used the three-leaved plant to explain the Trinity of the Christian religion. Actually blue is the color associated with St. Patrick. "St. Patrick's blue" can be seen on ancient Irish flags.
  • Green is associated with Saint Patrick's Day because it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock. Leprechauns are also associated with this holiday, although I'm not sure why. Leprechauns of legend are actually mean little creatures, with the exception of the Lucky Charms guy. They were probably added later on because capitalists needed something cute to put on greeting cards.