St. Patrick’s Day & The Color Green

Rock of Cashel in Ireland — thanks to Lismacue

Visualize trees, grass, ferns, and new Spring growth. Verdant nature is topmost in the imagery for the color green. Green connotations are fresh and soothing, like: renewal, regeneration, and relaxation. “Green” is also a buzzword for protecting our environment, standing out for nature conservancy and ecological preservation. More meanings and symbolism for green are found at and

Vast green hillsides of Ireland — the Emerald Isle — and shamrocks acclaim St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Ireland’s patron saint reputedly used the three-leafed shamrock as an illustration of the holy Trinity. Early observations of the day included good works performed to honor St. Patrick. The celebration spread throughout the world, ranging from the Catholic feast day to activities honoring Irish culture, as well as high-spirited shenanigans. Many St. Patrick’s Day activities worldwide are listed on wikipedia. In the US, parades became a feature of the day. In Chicago, 40 gallons of green vegetable dye change the color of the Chicago River for a few hours, an annual tradition since 1961. Savannah, GA, dyes its water fountains green. In New London, Wisconsin, leprechauns change the town’s name to New Dublin the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

I have a goodly chunk of Irish ancestry and our baby daughter arrived with an Irish complexion and fine red hair that goes well with it’s complement on the color wheel: Green.

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The Holi: Festival Of Colors

Here’s something we’d like to see in our community! Greet Springtime with hope and joy and a frolic with colors for young and for old.

The festival of Colors is a celebration of Spring and the triumph of good over evil, by people in India and other countries with large Hindu populations, as well as other religions. Inhibitions are dropped as people playfully chase each other, splashing paint, tossing colorful powder and spraying colored water on one another. We found these fun photos at

The celebration begins with bonfires honoring the victory of good over evil, on the eve of the full moon falling in late February or March. Next day, the Festival of Colors — or “playing holi” — begins with merry-making that can continue for three to sixteen days depending on the region. In 2010, the burning of the bonfires is on Sunday February 28 and playing Holi begins Monday March 1