What Are The Origins Of St. Patrick’s Day & Why To Wear Green Clothes

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Boy in 100% cotton green long sleeve shirt

Where did this rule about pinching come from?

Have you ever wondered about the origins of St. Patrick’s Day? And also – where did this rule about pinching come from? Here’s some of the history behind St. Patrick’s Day and why wearing green clothes has become such a key ingredient in celebrating the holiday.

Many people think that wearing green on St. Patrick's Day will bring you good luck.

Girl in green long sleeve dress ready for school
  1. What Are The Origins Of St. Patrick’s Day?
    Originally, St. Patrick’s Day started as a religious holiday in connection with St. Patrick, but through time, it has become about celebrating Irish culture.

  2. How Did St. Patrick’s Day Get Aligned With The Color Green?
    It’s easy to connect St. Patrick’s Day with the color green, considering that Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle. But surprisingly, the color green was not always connected to St. Patrick’s Day. Blue was first linked to the holiday. In the 18th century, green was introduced when the green shamrock became a national symbol.
    source:National Geographic Kids

  3. Why Do You Get Pinched If You Don’t Wear Green Clothes?
    Many stories point to folklore as the origin of the idea that you get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day for not wearing green. According to the tales, wearing green clothes makes you invisible to leprechauns, little fairies who like to pinch people. Funnily, leprechauns weren’t always green – earlier stories of them had them wearing the color red.

  4. Will Wearing Green Bring You Good Luck?
    Many people think that wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day will bring you good luck. Whether you subscribe to this fortuitous thought, you want to wear green to celebrate your Irish heritage or simply to avoid the dreaded *pinches* on St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got you covered with all the green styles for your kids. 

Which green styles will you choose this holiday?

From tees and shirts for boys to dresses and outfits for girls, explore our St. Patrick’s Day collection for the most comfy and green styles made in the USA.

Two girls in cute 100% organic cotton dresses ready for St. Patricks Day.

Written by: City Threads Cofounders Shayna Samuels & Joe Willis, and Kestrel Jenkins, responsibility consultant & host of the Conscious Chatter podcast.