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.
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You get pinched on st. patricks day if you are not wearing green. It is about little leprecauns hopping into a pot of goldYou get pinched on st. patricks day if you are not wearing green. It is about little leprecauns hopping into a pot of gold
If you do not wear green you will get pinched. (If you forget you can always just say you are wearing green underwear!)
The Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate Saint Patricks Day.
because green is the main color for st patricks day
yes they do count
yes or they will pinch you
On saint patricks day we where green and have parades and the irish eat corn beef.
People wear green on St. Patrick's Day so they won't get pinched due to traditional customs.
If you are not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day you may be pinched.
Tattoos count! If you have green in your tattoo you are safe from getting pinched.
Wearing green,getting pinched for not wearing green, & shamrocks
Greenland is an Irish name. This is proven because Irish people are always represented by something green, such as a clover, or Saint Patricks Day. Greenland is well not green but still called green.
The color green is worn on Saint Patrick's Day beceause Ireland used to belive if you didn't you would be pinched by Saint Pat.
White and gold are also prominent.
Saint Patrick's Day, all you do if wear green and if not, you get pinched.
Green is the colour of the shamrock, the national symbol of Ireland. Also, it is said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish, so the shamrock as a symbol is also very much connected to Saint Patrick himself. Because the shamrock is green, green is the colour of Ireland and of Saint patrick's Day and so people wear green that day.
enjoy your day as it was you luckiest day ever or wear green end of world 2012
you will get pinched. or nothing will happen depend if your cool in school or not.
All green. That's about it. Green top, green trousers, or to look like those littleLeprechaun people, wear a tighter green top, a green knee length skirt with a gold belt tied around it, and green tights.
I don't know about a state but the city of Chicago turns the rivers green on St. Patrick's Day
saint patricks day is a day where you were green on march 17th saint Patrick died .it was his anniversary.i know sad ,huh?chantelle
It supposedly started with Leprechauns who pinched anyone around them not wearing green.
Wear a TON of green :)