St. Patrick's Day
“Beannachtaí na Féile Padraig Ort” (Blessings of Patrick’s Festival Upon You) ~ Traditional
Although green is the colour most associated with the Emerald Isle, the wearin' of the blue is also appropriate. St. Patrick's blue is a name applied to several particular shades of blue associated with Saint Patrick and Ireland. Stemming from the 1780s, a sky blue shade was adopted as the colour of the Anglo-Irish "Order of St. Patrick". This is shade is most referred to in British usage, whereas in Irish usage it most often refers to dark, rich blue.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan celebrates Irish heritage with its combinations of beautiful greens.
With the advent of digital color coding, Shamrock green (also known as Irish green), is defined by Hex triplet #009E60, and is a tone of green that represents the color of shamrocks. The first recorded use of shamrock as a color name in English was in the 1820s.
It is customary in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States to wear this or any other tone of green on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, even if one is not of Irish descent.
The expression "the wearing of the Green" refers to the stories of both the shamrock that St. Patrick used to teach the Trinity and the bright green uniforms worn by soldiers during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Green has also been the color that represents support for the Irish dream of independence.
While green is now the national colour of Ireland, the color most associated with St. Patrick is blue! The Order of St. Patrick was established in 1783 as the senior order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Ireland. The color associated with the honor needed to differentiate it from the Order of the Garter (dark blue) and the Order of the Thistle (green). St. Patrick's blue is a lovely shade of sky blue.
St. Patrick's blue is a name applied to several shades of blue associated with Saint Patrick and Ireland. The colour blue's association with Saint Patrick dates from the 1780s, when it was adopted as the colour of the Anglo-Irish "Order of St. Patrick". In British usage, it refers to a sky blue used by the Order of St. Patrick, whereas in Irish usage it is often a dark, rich blue. While green is now the usual national colour of Ireland, St. Patrick's blue is still found in symbols of both the state and the island. See below for some instances of St. Patrick's blue.
For a peek at this color which can be seen today on Ireland's Presidential Standard and other ancient Irish flags, click the stained glass window of St. Patrick, from the All Saints Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!