St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. What began as a religious holiday for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parties, parades, special foods and a whole lot of green.
Just how did the color green come to represent the holiday? Aside from the association with the country’s lush natural landscape, the tradition of wearing green derives from the Irish practice of picking a shamrock and putting it in your lapel for St. Patrick’s Day. The patron saint used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity and it eventually became a symbol of Irish-Catholic nationalism. During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the United Irish took the popular connection of the national saint and applied it politically by wearing green uniforms. In the United States, wearing green has become associated with showing identification with Ireland and the color has become ubiquitous on St. Patrick’s Day in countries all around the world.
Whether you rock the shamrock in a classic sage or make a statement with vibrant brights, go green on St. Patrick’s Day with a little help from Alpha Industries.