Pourquoi Tant D’Américains Portaient Le Vert Au Travail Aujourd’hui?

Why did so many Americans wear green to work today?

March 17 marks the death of St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. Originally, the day was aimed to commemorate Christianity’s arrival in Ireland. Throughout the years, it has turned into a celebration of all aspects of Irish culture.

St. Patrick’s day is recognized all over the world. However, aside from the Irish, North Americans seem to have a special appreciation for it. On this day, you’ll typically see waves of green pretty much anywhere.

Belz outlines 3 main reasons for this.

The first is that the green is synonymous with the emerald colored landscapes of Ireland. Second, according to Irish folklore, leprechauns will pinch anyone who’s not wearing green. Last, St. Patrick is said to have used the Shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity.

With the green, you’ll also likely spot hundreds of wide-grinned party-goers with large pints of Irish beer in their hands. Glittery, over-sized leprechaun hats, and green, feather boas accessorize ginger wigs and beards, paying tribute to the red-tinted locks of the Irish.

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s day is a national holiday. So, all celebrators are free to flock their cities singing and dancing to traditional Irish music and munching on delicious potato cakes and Guinness pudding.

In North America, however, partisans need to wait until 5 pm to bring out the whiskey flasks. Many offices in this region will be decorated with clovers, the symbol of Ireland, and pots of gold – for which leprechauns are known for. There are no gift exchanges. Rather, it’s a day during which a carefree feeling flows through the air and people relish classic traditions and the joy they bring.

So, the next time you find yourself visiting your American offices on St. Patrick’s day, don’t forget to wear your emerald tie and shoes!


Vocabulary | Vocabulaire:

marks the death of
correspond au jour de la mort de

patron saint
saint patron

aimed to commemorate
visait à commémorer

aspects of Irish culture
les aspects de la culture irlandaise

waves of green
des vagues de vert

to be synonymous
être synonyme

emerald colored landscapes of Ireland
les paysages émeraude d’Irlande

leprechauns
farfadets

to pinch
pincer

shamrock | clover
trèfle

to spot
apercevoir

wide-grinned party-goers
des fêtards souriants

pints
demi-litre

glittery
étincelant

over-sized
surdimensionnés

ginger wigs and beards
perruques et barbes rousses

to pay tribute to
rendre hommage à

the red-tinted locks of the Irish
mèche de cheveux colorée rouge des Irlandais

national holiday
fête nationale

to flock
affluer

to munch
grignoter

partisans
les partisans

pots of gold
pots d’or

carefree
insouciant

to flow through the air
flotter dans l’air

relish
savourer

flask
flasque


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