We all know what the Irish flag looks like - if not, peek up in the left corner there because I'm putting a dollar on it that I'm putting one there. See how there are three panels - green, white and orange. Lore states that the green represents the Catholics, the orange represents the Protestants and the white represents peace between them. The color you wear today is more of a representation of your religious preference really.
- This day was traditionally celebrated by attending church, wearing green and the lifting of restrictions from Lent so that you could eat anything and drink alcohol.
- Shamrocks were used by Saint Patrick, when he was a bishop, to explain the Holy Trinity while he was a missionary in Ireland.
- The original color associated with Saint Patrick was blue, not green. The Order of St. Patrick was the senior order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Ireland. The color of the order had to differ from those already established and a sky blue was chosen.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. Celebrate to your heart's content, wear the color of your liking - green, white, orange or sky blue - and Éirinn go brách.