St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in America. People all over the country don their finest green clothes and celebrate their Irish heritage with songs, drinks, and green-colored treats. We’ve always partaken in the festivities every March 17, but we always wondered why everything is so green on that day. Where did that tradition come from? Well, the story behind it is just as fascinating as the holiday itself!
Originally, the color blue was associated with St. Patrick. This blue tradition lasted for hundreds of years. Over time, the color most commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day became green. Most people believe it is because of the lush, green lands that cover the majority of Ireland. They don’t call Ireland The Emerald Isles for nothing!
The prominence of green has some strong political undertones as well. In the late 1700s, the Irish faced repression from the British, and wearing a shamrock or green clothes was often seen as a strong act of rebellion against the British, and those who dared wear a shamrock or green were punished, sometimes with death.
Today, wearing and displaying green is much more celebratory than defiant. At BlairCandy.com, you can find a wide variety of green St. Patrick’s Day candy. Here are some of our popular selections: