The wearing of the green and St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Just some of the many shades of green worn on St. Patrick’s Day!

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, or at least Irish at heart. Green is everywhere; we drink green beer and eat corned beef and (green) cabbage, and wearing something green seems essential.

How did this tradition start? Why do we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? When did the colour green replace St. Patrick’s original colour, which was sky blue?