Faith and begorrah, it’s Saint Pat’s

Where did this whacky holiday originate?

Faith and begorrah, it's Saint Pat's

Everyone knows that Saint Paddy’s Day is March 17. You get pinched if you don’t wear green. Seven-leafed clovers are lucky. Leprechauns give you gold if you capture them.

But did you know that the original color of the day was blue? Yeah, way back in 461 A.D. it was blue. The color didn’t turn green until the Nineteenth Century when it became known in Irish legends that green was worn by immortals and faeries.

Ireland has 4.1 million people, but here in the U.S., 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. Nine of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence were Irish descendants, including George Washington.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of petals on a clover is 14. And it is said that for every four-leafed clover there are 10,000 three-leafed ones. And each leaf of the four-leafed clover means something. The first is for hope, the second is for faith, the third is for love and the fourth is for luck.

The day we celebrate is actually the day Saint Patrick died. And he wasn’t even Irish. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave. He escaped at 22 to a monastery where he learned to be a preacher who used the shamrock to teach the faith with.

He used it to show how he holy trinity, three separate entities, could be the same thing. Many pagans believed him and converted to Christianity. Speaking of pagans, it is said the St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Well that was just a metaphor for converting all the pagans to Christians.

Ever wonder why you get pinched if you don’t wear green? It’s actually an American tradition that started when green became popular. Wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns who are mischievous and like to pinch whoever they see.

And you wanna talk about mischievous. Faeries. They do horrible things as pranks. They kidnap babies and brides and take them to faery mounds.

About the holiday, students Brooke Fogg said, “I really like Saint Patrick’s day. Mostly because it gives me an excuse to pinch my friends and they can’t say anything about it.”