St Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate the Emerald Isle, donning green and swigging Guinness.
But why do we get pinched if we’re not wearing green on this special day?
Is it some kind of weird Irish curse?
Well, actually, the answer is quite simple - and a little bit humorous - it’s because “the leprechauns are gonna getcha!”
Let's find out what the deal is with this St. Patrick's Day pinchy-business!
The Legend Behind the Pinching
According to one legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaf clover or shamrock to explain the concept of Christianity to the pagan Irish. He believed that just as the shamrock has three leaves that share one stem, there are three parts of God that makeup one entity.
Thus, wearing green on St. Patrick's Day became a symbol of faith and loyalty to the Christian religion - and anyone who didn't wear green was considered an outsider!
Okay, but why get pinched?
A different legend says that if you don’t wear green on St Patrick’s Day, the leprechauns will come out of hiding and pinch you!
That’s right - those mischievous little sprites that hide all the gold coins in Ireland will be coming after you if you forget to don a shamrock or something else emerald-colored. Pesky little Leprechauns like to pinch people, and wearing green makes you invisible to them.
But the truth is...
...the truth is that no one knows exactly why people started pinching each other for not wearing green - it may have been an old Irish superstition, but it could also just be a fun tradition that was started by some random person many moons ago.
Some historians believe it originated in America in the 1700s when Irish immigrants adopted it as a way to show their pride in their heritage - and to make sure everyone else knew they were Irish too!
However, others actually believe it dates back much further than that - all the way back to ancient Ireland when leprechauns would pinch anyone who wasn’t wearing green!
Pinching As Punishment
Whatever its origin is, nowadays we know that if you don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day you can expect to be pinched by your friends and family - no excuses allowed!
Don't forget - if you don't wear your greens, then you're going to end up with more than just a pinch. You might even find yourself uttering a few choice curse words when the leprechauns come out of hiding!
And nobody wants that!
So put on your finest emerald-hued clothing this St Patrick's Day and keep those pesky leprechauns at bay!
So, there you have it - now you know why we get pinched if we're not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day!
It may seem silly at first glance, but this tradition has been passed down through generations as a way of showing pride in Irish heritage and loyalty to faith. So next time March 17th rolls around, don't forget to grab some green clothes or accessories before heading out - otherwise the leprechauns are gonna getcha!
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!