Saint Patrick’s Day. Why Green? The Meaning Of This Color

Saint Patrick’s Day. Why Green? The Meaning Of This Color
Isabel del Rio
Saint Patrick’s Day. Why Green? The Meaning Of This Color

Green. Photo attribution Linnaea Mallette

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the death date of Saint Patrick (385–461), the patron saint of Ireland.

On Saint Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”), because St Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.

In fact, the color green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation.

Also, in the 1790s, green became associated with Irish nationalism when it was used by the United Irishmen.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the color green and its association with Saint Patrick’s Day grew.

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” Pedro Calderon de la Barca.

The meaning of the color Green:

The color green is the color of the nature and it’s associated with balance and harmony. Green is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. Thus, green gives us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unreservedly.
Green is a combination of yellow and blue. Thus, it encompasses the mental clarity and confidence of yellow with the emotional calm and of blue, inviting good judgment since it sees both sides of the facts.

Green is also traditionally associated with fertility, safety, money, finances, banking, and ambition.

“The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.” Rumi.

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you! Spring is coming! Be happy!

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