Okay, I’m not an Irish but this holiday is widely recognized here in America. And since I’m living and working here in America, I’ve been exposed to a lot of American holidays. Well Irish American holiday, that is.

So what is St. Patrick’s Day all about?

I really have no clue. It’s just that all most of the people at work wore green. Lol. Okay, seriously now. St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated every March 17. According to Wikipedia, this day is characterized by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire, public parades and processions, and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season. Today, it is probably the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world.

So this is my first time in three years to actually be exposed to Americans celebrating this holiday. I’m not really accustomed to this tradition so I was not wearing any green at work today. I was aware that St. Patty’s Day will be celebrated during the week but I accidentally wore my green scrub ahead of time. So I decided to pick out a green rubber wristband from my patient who is really a “holiday maniac” (She and her family really love decorating her room and also loves sharing the festive vibe by handing out cute little stuff to celebrate the holiday) And this holiday is not an exemption. They have this bowl filled with things about St. Patty’s day. The photo shown about this post is the button pins from the same person. I love how they keep the mood so bright especially on special occasions such as this.

What I’m curious about was when they saw me wearing a red scrub they tried to pinch me. Good thing I immediately raised my arm with the green wristband then they instantly retrieved their fingers from me. When I arrived home, I searched online and realized that this pinching tradition is just a reminder that leprechauns would sneak and pinch those who forgot to wear green. :mrgreen: