What are you doing in honor of St. Patrick’s Day?
If you’re like 94 million others, you’re probably at least wearing green. But do you know why? St. Patrick would probably be wondering that himself, since his robes were actually blue. Theories about how green became the color of the day range from representing shamrocks, which St. Patrick used in his teachings, to symbolizing the fairies and immortals of Irish legend to encouraging crop growth. Today, many of us wear it to avoid getting pinched, which you can blame on leprechauns. Tradition says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who pinch anyone they see. And how leprechauns became linked to St. Patrick is yet another mystery! But the day just wouldn’t be complete without those jig-dancin’ little guys…or the unified spirit of 94 million people shamrockin’ the cool color of springtime — simply for the sake of celebration.