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St. Patrick's Day Superstitions

December 31st, 2012 Seasonal

St. Patrick's Day is one of the most beloved holidays of the year - it's the perfect excuse to get together with friends and enjoy a few drinks. As they say, everyone's Irish on St. Patty's Day! While the holiday is meant to commemorate the feast day of St. Patrick, who is most frequently credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, there are plenty of superstitions surrounding it as well. If you've ever wondered why you have to wear green and what the Blarney Stone really is, read on!

According to Superstition Online, you should always remember to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. If you don't, it's your own fault when someone pinches you as a light punishment. Although there may not be any specific reason for this, green is widely regarded as the quintessential Irish hue, so it's no surprise that it shows up in such large numbers on St. Patrick's Day.

The Blarney Stone has a more fantastic story to it. As the tale goes, a king saved an old woman from drowning. In thanks, she cast a spell on a stone located at the base of Blarney Castle. Legend has it that anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone will be gifted with incredibly persuasive speaking skills. "Talking Blarney" refers to when a person uses a sweet voice and a heavy dose of charm to get what he or she wants. Plenty of people make their way to the Blarney Stone each year, but it certainly sees the most traffic around St. Patrick's Day.

So on March 17, wear some green, kiss that Blarney Stone and head to the pub to make some new friends!