Shamrock & The Wearing Green

  • Shamrock (traditional spelling: seamróg, meaing summer plant) is a three-leafed clover that grows in Ireland. A common image in Celtic artwork, the shamrock is found on Irish medieval tombs and on old copper coins, known as St. Patrick's money. The plant is also reputed to have mystic, even prophetic powers-- for instance the leaves are said to stand upright to warn of an approaching storm.
    Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock in the fifth century to symbolize the divine nature of the trinity when he introduced Christianity to Ireland.

    The seamróg is a big part of Irish history, as the Shamrock was used as an emblem by the Irish Volunteers in the era of Grattan's Parliament in the 1770's, The Act of Union. When it became an emblem of rebellion in the 19th century, Queen Victoria made wearing a seamrog by member's of her regiments punishable by death by hanging. It was during this dark time that the phrase "the Wearing of the Green" began. Today the seamróg joins the English Rose and the Scottish Thistle on the British flag and is an integral part of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations.

    "The Wearing of the Green" also symbolizes the birth of springtime. Irish legend states that green clothes attract faeries and aid crops.

    May St. Patrick guard you wherever
    you go and guide you in whatever you
    do--and may his loving protection be
    a blessing to you always.
  • Intresting history...thanks for sharing

  • Anyone here sporting their green for St. Patrick's Day?

    I bought my kids really cute shirts on sale at Old Navy.

    I am planning on buying some sort of green shirt.

    I'm trying to find wash-out green hair dye too. My kids want to wear it in their hair. Any ideas for a homemade version that will wash out?

    We are making the Shamrock pins too. I'm turning one of these into a necklace for my DD. I made a stocking out of fun foam for her for Christmas and when she wore it out, she got so many compliments on it. She loved it and it was soooo easy to make!

    I'm sure we will add more things to our outfits as time goes by, too!