March 16, 2011 by Patricia Walston @ Examiner
For as long as anyone can remember, you dared not appear at school on St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta without wearing something green. It didn’t matter if you were Jewish, Italian, or Greek, you would get pinched without anything green on you somewhere.
You would be punished for not wearing green; while way back in the days of old in Ireland you would be hung if you wore green.
Once I remember attending Luckie Street School in Atlanta and got trapped. I had nothing green on myself. I had been pinched quite enough already when I realized that this Irish gal had green eyes. I wear my green proudly every day of my life. (It is said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.)
There will be a lot of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day here in Atlanta; and many will wear green and not have a clue as to why. However, Atlanta got an early start by already having had their parade on.
Now do you know the history behind why you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?
“The Wearing of the Green” Irish street ballad dates to 1798. The context of the song is the repression around the time of the Irish Rebellion against England of 1798. The song had been attributed to others but it was Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot who received the most credit for the song as it is today.
Wearing a shamrock in the “caubeen” (hat) was a sign of rebellion and green was the colour of the Society of the United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary organization. During the period, displaying of revolutionary insignias was made punishable by hanging. The color of England was red as we know from American history as they were called, “The red coats!”
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March 16, 2011 by Kate Smith @ Sensational Color
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Chicago turns the river green and many pubs turn their beer green but did you know that in both cases to create the color of Ireland (from where it got its name “The Emerald Isle.”) the dye isn’t green?
Turning the river a vibrant green to celebrate St. Patrick’s day has been unique to Chicago for the past 40 years. When you see the color it turns you might be surprised to learn that the dye used to create this Irish-worthy color isn’t green.
It turns out that the dyestuff used to produce this bright green (originally used to detect leaks that might be polluting the river) starts out the color orange and then as it mixes with the river water it turns green. According to GreenRiverChicago.com a gentleman named Mike Bailey discovered this fact in 1961 got the idea to use it on a big scale and a tradition was born.
Today this miracle belongs to Mike Butler and his crew, which he claims to always have a little help from a leprechaun who seems to just appear at this time each year […]
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Beer is to Irish as green beer is St. Patrick’s Day
No St. Patrick’s day would be complete without green beer but if you think that the color comes from green food coloring think again. Sure you can use green if you want a limey brew but if you want a rich, emerald green use blue instead. How to make and enjoy green beer […]
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