Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How to green your St. Patrick's Day?

Today is St. Patrick's Day, which I guess is the greenest holiday of all, except Earth Day and Arbor Day, at least in terms of customs.

Did you know that even though in the U.S it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky? I read on National Geographic an interesting explanation of Bridget Haggerty, author of The Traditional Irish Wedding and the Irish Culture and Customs Web site, who said that Irish folklore holds that green is the favorite color of the Good People (the proper name for faeries). They are likely to steal people, especially children, who wear too much of the color.

Well, this is just folklore (in any case check out for the Good People :-), but this is definitely a green day, and it can be even greener than just wearing green and drinking a pint of Guinness out of a green glass.

How exactly? well, fortunately we have our good friends Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson of Celebrating Green, who wrote a great piece on CW11 with recommendations how to green your St. Patty's Day. You can find it at http://kstw.com:80/projectgreen/St.Patricks.Day.2.955187.html

Have a great and green celebration!
Raz @ Eco-Libris

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