Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up March 17th. Don’t forget to wear green! I assure you, you will get pinched. However, why do we pinch each other? For most of us, it is simply a tradition that we have grown up with. However, the origins of this tradition go back a very long time. Wearing green was seen as a way of honoring the holiday’s native land, Ireland. Pinching someone who wasn’t wearing green was a way of scolding them. In the Americas, back in the 1700’s, the tradition took a different meaning. Leprechauns are a common part of Saint Patrick’s Day. Leprechauns are also extremely mischievous. Pinching someone who wasn’t wearing green was a way of imitating leprechauns. However, in my own mind, I think that the theories and traditions are just an excuse to have a little mischievous fun. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!