As another St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the images of leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, shamrocks, beer, and the consistent signs of “Kiss me, I’m Irish” swirl around us. With these traditional trademarks, one fashion choice seems to rein above all others on St. Patrick’s Day: wearing the color green.
The color green plays an important role on St. Patrick’s Day. The color green represents the shade of green on Ireland’s flag which symbolizes Catholicism and the Gaelic people. Green is worn to honor Catholicism in the name of the missionary patron saint of Ireland: St. Patrick.
According to catholic.org, St. Patrick is celebrated every year on the date of his death, March 17, 461, for bringing Christianity to people all across Ireland.
The color green is worn to honor of the deeds St. Patrick completed for Ireland and for the religion of Catholicism.
Wearing green does not have to mean you are conforming to the social norms surrounding the holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, wearing green can symbolize the thanks we give to St. Patrick for his aid to Ireland and the Catholic Church.