THE WEARING OF THE GREEN: ST PATRICK’S DAY
The color green has been associated with Ireland and worn on St Patrick’s Day since the 1680’s, echoing the use of green colors on the green harp flag and by Irish nationalists. “The Wearing of the Green” is an old Irish street ballad protesting the repression of supporters of the rebellion of 1798, the first of many rebellions against British rule. The song proclaims that “they are hanging men and women for the wearing of the green”.
Stories linking Saint Patrick to the shamrock first appeared in print in 1726. Scholars theorize that, since shamrocks were not sacred to pagan Irish, that the church may have use the shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity or the triskele in Celtic arts, the three leaves represented the regenerative powers of nature.
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