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Why do we wear green on St. Patrick's Day?

Rich and Sharon Casey - Rich is "Wearing the Green"

The Casey Clan has deeps roots in Ireland so naturally we seek the truth regarding all things Irish (although we tend not to let too many facts get in the way of a good story!).

Legend has it that the wearing of the green is to honor the beautiful green landscape of the Auld Sod...

...Perhaps not, as we Irish are steeped in the lore of underworld, it likely has more to do with mischief than legend. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the tradition of pinching started in the U.S. in the 1700s. No surprise, St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.

So, you non green believers, watch your backs today, and from our clan to yours, Happy St. Patricks Day!

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