How to survive St. Patrick’s Day - without getting pinched
March 24, 2010
‘Should I find something green to wear, or just deal with getting pinched?’ goes through a lot of peoples’ heads on St. Patrick’s Day. “Last year I forgot to wear green and my teacher pinched me!” says Christine M, 7th grade. Basically getting pinched seems to be unavoidable if you don’t wear green on St. Patty’s Day. “I’ve definitely been pinched on St. Patrick’s Day. Many times actually,” comments Chris B, 7th grade.

Beware on March 17, a Wednesday this year, because even though the Mill Creek staff ask you not to, many people still get pinched. Mill Creek’s Principal Ms. Bronson comments on the pinching issue, “We ask the students to not pinch people. If it becomes an issue with one student who is hurting people, or continually bugging them, we may have to have a talk with them. Although usually that doesn’t happen, so that’s good.”

Saint Patrick was a man who went around in Ireland and converted people and churches to Christianity. He was thrown in jail multiple times, but escaped each time. His mission of spreading Christianity took him more than 30 years. St. Patrick died on March 17th, 461 AD, and ever since March 17th has been celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day.

Getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day is partially because if someone pinches you, you get a bruise, and therefore you have green on you. Green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day because Irelands’ main color is green. It’s an interesting reason, although most people don’t really know, or care, why there’s pinching. Christine M says, “I’ve always been a little curious about why you get pinched on St. Patty’s Day, but I was never aware of the actual reason.” Chris B comments, “I always thought getting pinched was a punishment for not wearing green, and that you get kissed if you do wear green.”

So even if you feel you're scary, or strong enough to not get pinched, you still might want to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. You never know if you’ll get pinched, or kissed.