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Why should one not wear orange on St. Patrick's day?

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Why shouldn't you wear orange on St. Patrick's day?
Hello, and thanks for your question.

As you know, green is the traditional color for St. Patrick's Day, and it is a traditional Irish Catholic Holiday. Ireland is known as the 'emerald isle'--green is it's color. If you wear any other color on this day, you risk getting 'pinched' for not wearing green. However, the orange significance goes back to the 1600's, where Irish Protestants (non-Catholics) would wear orange in protest/defiance of the Catholic holiday, and it became a very strong religious/political statement. You can read more about this tradition, here:

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