One of the most popular Google searches the week before the Irish holiday is, “Why do people wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day?” After a little research, we’ve come up with a few blog-worthy answers.
Saint Patrick’s Day was originally a Roman Catholic day of feast for Ireland’s patron saint and today the holiday is a transcontinental celebration of Irish culture.
Green is not only one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history. Ireland is referred to as the “Emerald Isle” for its lush green landscape. Green is also the color of spring (the season the holiday falls under), and the shamrock symbol of Ireland. So, in essence, green surrounds many facets of this Irish Holiday.
If you like maintaining the tradition of all-things-green on Saint Patty’s Day, why not incorporate “going green,” into list. Believe it or not, there are a few simple ways that you can make your Saint Patrick’s Day even greener.
Instead of dyeing your food green, why not incorporate some actual greens into your St. Patrick’s Day meal? This link contains some great vegetarian and vegan Irish recipes the will taste just as great as your customary corned beef and cabbage.
Instead of using store-bought decorations, you can reduce the waste from your celebration by making decorations yourself out of reclaimed materials. Here are a few great ideas for homemade decorations from tipjunkie.com. The rag garland is especially unique and can be made out of scrap fabric. Don’t forget to read our Green DIY Guidelines to make sure that your project is as green as can be.
As mentioned above, many people choose to wear the color green for the holiday. Spreadshirt.com has a line of eco-friendly Saint Patrick’s Day tees made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. If you don’t find a design you like on their site (a collection that includes the classic “Kiss me, I’m Irish!” slogan), you can easily create a customized tee with their product personalization software.
For more ideas on how to have an even greener Saint Patrick’s Day this year, click here.