Don't Get Pinched!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear green today so you won't get pinched.

Before moving here to the US, I had never heard of this tradition of wearing green during St. Paddy's Day, let along getting pinched if you're not wearing green. I did some research as to the origins of this tradition and here's what I found.

It was believed that wearing green during St. Paddy's made one invisible to leprechauns. Leprechauns liked to pinch. It follows then that if you don't wear green, you'd get pinched by leprechauns. ;)

Here are some funny Irish blessings/quotes that I found at the car insurance office.

"May those who love us, love us
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts
And if he can't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping!"

"May the Lord keep you in his hand and never close his fist too tight."

Seriously now ...
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.