Ever forgotten to wear green on St. Patrick's Day? When I was in school, if one forgot to wear green that day, one would receive a hearty pinching from just about everyone. I was spared, of course, because of my green eyes. (phew)
The tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day started in Ireland, where party goers believed leprechauns and other fairy creatures would be given power to pinch anyone they could see. A person wearing green was said to become invisible to these fairytale critters.
Oddly enough, pinching a person not wearing green on St. Patrick's day isn't an Irish tradition. Rather, it started in America in the early 1700's.
The tradition reportedly started as a reminder that leprechauns and other fairy folk could sneak up and pinch anyone who wasn't wearing green on St. Patrick's Day. The catch was, if someone pinched a person wearing green -- then that person had the right to pinch back. Heh.
I'm SO glad I have green eyes.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone!
* NOTE: You don't have to stick to the theme I choose each Friday. Just put up the postcards you love and tell us why you like them.