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People wear green on St. Patrick's Day to avoid being pinched.
This tradition originated in the United States, along with the legend that wearing green protects one from leprechauns. Those not wearing green are pinched, a reminder that they are fair game for mischeivous sprites.

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Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on .... On St Patrick's Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing or green accessories (the "wearing .... Horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival attracts large numbers of Irish people, both residents of Britain and many who ...

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Mar 16, 2017 ... St Patrick's Day means green is everywhere. Here's the surprising history of how the color became associated with all things Irish.

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Why-Do-We-Wear-Green-on-St.-Patrick's iStock/shironosovEvery March ... Not quite the way people celebrated St. Patrick's Day in the 7th century. Back then, St.

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/st-patrick-day-2017-today-ireland-google-doodle-patron-saint-why-wear-green-shamrock-pinch-how-did-a7634906.html

Mar 17, 2017 ... Why wear green? ... Wearing green for St Patrick's Day only dates back to 19th century New York .... 2) Why do we pinch people on March 17?

www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0317/St.-Patrick-s-Day-Why-do-we-wear-green

Mar 17, 2010 ... On St. Patrick's Day, a look at how three well-known traditions came to ... People began pinching those who didn't wear green as a reminder ...

www.latintimes.com/why-do-you-wear-green-st-patricks-day-see-history-behind-emerald-tradition-301368

Mar 14, 2017 ... Learn why green is the color to wear on St. Patty's Day! ... On March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, a day rich in tradition that goes way back in history. ... green and go around pinching people that aren't wearing green.

www.marthastewart.com/1512272/why-do-we-wear-green-st-patricks-day

Feb 28, 2017 ... Soon, enough pints of Guinness beer will be flowing and everyone will be in good spirits to celebrate St. Partick's Day. On this proud Irish ...

www.wral.com/st-patrick-s-day-traditions-myths-and-more/16557138

Mar 14, 2017 ... Raleigh, N.C. — Who was Saint Patrick? Why do people wear green on St. Patrick's Day, and who decided pinching was the appropriate ...

www.bhg.com/holidays/st-patricks-day/traditions/how-to-wear-green-for-st-patricks-day

Wearing green shirts and leprechaun costumes on St. Patrick's Day are traditions that started in the 17th century, when people wore green ribbons and ...