Have you ever wondered why we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? Have you ever wondered why little kids (and a few adults) go around pinching everyone who isn’t wearing green?
The following, which is one of the March letters in my Holiday/Event “Keeping in Touch” letter set, will give you the answers.
It’s a gift to you – so if you’d like to use it to keep in touch with your past clients, please do so with my compliments.
Why Do We Wear Green on Saint Patrick’s Day?
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a legal public holiday and a day of religious observance for both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. However, the day is perhaps better known for the parties and parades carried on in St. Patrick’s name.
The shortest of those parades takes place in Dripsey, Cork and lasts just 100 yards. This parade travels between the village’s two pubs.
How did it become a day of celebration in America? In the 1700’s Irish immigrants celebrated their heritage with a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, and from there it’s grown to epic proportions. We Americans do like an excuse to celebrate!
But what about wearing green? Legend has it that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns that will pinch you if they can see you. So apparently, school children (and some adults) simply like to pretend that they’re Leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day!
So be safe – wear a bit of green on March 17 and avoid those unsightly “pinch bruises!”
I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day… and this Irish blessing:
May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.
Call me any time. I’m always here to help you and yours with real estate concerns – even if you’re just curious about the selling price of a home down the street.
If yours is a community that celebrates with a big parade, use this letter along with a note to clients reminding them of the celebration and hoping you’ll see them there.