15 Reasons to Celebrate the Color Green on Saint Patrick’s Day!
Top o’ the mornin’ to ye lads and lassies!
In honor of this, the greenest of holidays, I thought it fitting to discuss why green is special in so many ways: 15 ways, to be exact!
15. It’s soothing.
Each hue of the rainbow has an inherent vibe.
Red is naturally alarming and bold. Imagine if stop signs and red lights were beige. Instead of reading, ”STOP!” they’d come across as a wimpy suggestion,“Hey, so if you don’t mind slowing down somewhat that would be kind of helpful.” We need red to keep us on our toes and add some passion, fun, and spice to our lives. Blue is intelligent, kind, and reliable. It’s a clear sky, Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, and Superman’s bodysuit. Yellow is chipper and happy and sunshine-y. Yellow is all about baby chicks, daisies, and summertime lemonade stands
And then we get to green. Green is second only to blue as most people’s favorite color. It’s a summer meadow, new leaves on spring trees, and the sweet smell of freshly mown grass. It’s harmony, balance, sensibility, hope, and renewal. It’s the wedge on the color wheel that symbolizes peace, and I love it.
14. It’s Spring on a Plate!
Green is also crisp-tender asparagus blanketed with creamy, lemony Hollandaise sauce.
Photo courtesy of: “For the Love of Cooking”
13. It’s the color of money . . .
. . . moolah, payola, greenbacks, bread, clams, smackers, and cold hard cash. It pays for week-long vacations on verdant tropical isles (so I’m told), leprechaun britches, and plates stockpiled with corned beef and cabbage.
12. The Chicago River
Green is the color of the river that runs through my favorite city on the day of St. Patrick. Counter-intuitively, about 40 lbs. of orange powdered dye is dumped into the Chicago river. When mixed with the typical brownish tint of the water, for some reason, the whole thing turns Kelly green. It’s really a sight to behold. Put it on your bucket list, certainly, but keep your bucket out of the river. Brown or green, it’s a giant Petrie dish.
11. Green is special because it stands for environmentalism.
Ooh, this is a hot button for me! Remember the old-time commercial with that broken-hearted Indian chief crying over all of the garbage tossed on the side of the highway? That got me each and every time I saw it. Sure, I was 12, but still, we all need to focus on becoming “greener” pronto: reduce, reuse, recycle, plant a vegetable garden, make a compost bin, buy less stuff, buy locally, bring reusable bags when you do buy stuff, and hop on your bike instead of in your car. After all, there is no planet “B”.
10. Because of broccoli casserole.
I find broccoli casserole sinfully delicious. I’m aware that, despite the fact that it contains broccoli, it’s anything but healthy, yet still . . . oh my. I would bathe in broccoli casserole if given the chance.
No, I take that back.
Just like that love song about Colcannon from the other day, bathing in cream of mushroom soup is taking my adoration a little too far. Suffice it to say, though, it’s one of my favorite dishes.
9. It’s the color of newly planted vegetable gardens.
It’s photosynthesis and fertility and sunshine and organic produce. Click here to understand my full love of veggie gardening: You Say Tomato, But Does Anyone Really Say Tomahto.
8. It symbolizes new beginnings.
As in, “He’s really green at that.” Now, I understand that phrase can have a negative connotation, but to me, it means that someone has had the courage to try something new, which is a huge positive in my book. Here’s my something new: On Starting a Blog – Scary Stuff!
7. Because of healthy summer fruit.
Green fruit alone can create a luscious fruit salad with kiwi, grapes, honeydew, pears and limes.
6. Because it’s diverse.
There are more shades of green than any other color. Ranging from yellow greens on one side of the spectrum to blue greens on the other, you have your pick of more than 1 million different shades like moss, malachite, smaragdine, Xanadu, mantis, bice, beryl, and Brunswick.
5. Because of hip, green pop icons. . .
. . . including Kermit, Erik Carl’s “The Hungry Caterpillar”, Green Day, Yoda, Shrek, Mr. Green Jeans, the Jolly Green Giant, Gumby, and all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
4. It’s a healing hue.
The rules of Feng Shui state that green is the balm that heals certain negative traits such as rudeness, absent-mindedness and nervousness.
3. Because so many things look amazingly stunning in green.
Yes, even snakes, and bugs, and already gorgeous cat eyes.
2. It symbolizes luck:
Green is all about lucky charms, pots full of gold at rainbows’ ends, and four-leaf clovers.
1. And, finally, because it represents the Irish and Ireland . . .
. . . the beautiful Emerald Isle: lush, hilly, serene, and the nationality we all are today.
So here’s to a happy St. Paddy’s Day: to the wearin’ of the green, to eating green cabbage and, naturally, to throwing back a pint o’ green beer.