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Why be Blue on St. Patrick’s Day?

Did you know that blue used to be associated with St. Patrick? Check the history books. It’s true. Green is the color we commonly think of on this holiday though, and it has been that way for some time. Today, blue on St. Patrick’s Day may seem a little strange.

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-“If you don't wear blue, you just might get pinched,” just doesn’t sound right.

-Shamrocks and clovers are both green.

-Can you imagine if Leprechauns wore blue? They might look more like Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Oh wait, they were orange. Maybe I’m thinking of the girl who turned into a blueberry.

-Blue Beer just doesn’t sound appetizing. Or does it?

-What color would McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes be?

Blue for St. Patrick’s Day seems a bit weird today, but historically, it was the color associated with him. The earliest depictions of St. Patrick show him wearing blue garments, not green. King George III of England created the Order of St. Patrick in 1783. According to the Smithsonian, “its official color was a sky blue, known as St. Patrick's Blue.”

The color green appears to have come from various sources. St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the trinity. Ireland is also known as the Emerald Isle, as the landscape is so lush and green. Green was also used and worn during Irish revolutions.

So when you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you can see a lot of history is behind it. Things may change over time, such as blue to green, but March 17th remains a holiday that many observe and celebrate.

 

Sources:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/should-st-patricks-day-be-blue-180954572/ 

http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day/videos/why-wear-green-on-st-patricks-day

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