Why do people get pinched on St. Paddy's Day?
March 17, 2009 9:18 AM Subscribe
What is the history behind pinching those who don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day? This WikiAnswer page
says it was thought that "if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see."
posted by filthy light thief to Human Relations (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The full answer, as posted currently, is:
Pinching those not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is an American tradition, having really nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick. It's thought that the pinching started in the early 1700s, about the time that awareness of St. Patrick's as a holiday came to the fore, too, in Boston, in the Massachusetts colony. They thought if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see. So the pinching is to warn and remind you about the Leprechauns.
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