Here in America, the cultural phenomenon of St. Patrick’s Day involves a vast amount of our population. In fact it is often said that on March 17th, everyone is Irish! The Roman Catholic feast day made it to U.S. shores in the 1700s, and as immigrants from the Emerald Isle continued to stream into New York and Boston in the 1800’s the holiday grew in popularity. There are now 36 million people of Irish descent living here, nearly 8 times the population of the entire population of Ireland – and the holiday has changed from a religious observance to a day of festivity and celebration.
The Wearing of the Green: The lush, rolling green hills of Ireland are celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day with green permeating every aspect of the day. From parade floats to cupcakes, from green beer to shamrock plants, green is the honorary color. It is a well-known, recognized tradition that anyone not wearing the trademark color on St. Patrick’s Day may be “pinched” for their refusal to participate; and although the gesture is playful, it does illustrate how prolific the custom has become for all people, not just the Irish.
If you are proud of your Gaelic heritage, there are many green plants and flowers that you can use to adorn your home or office accordingly. Green orchids, day lilies, roses, carnations, zinnias, chrysanthemums, and hydrangea are all popular blooms that create a unique aesthetic. Green trick dianthus and ivy leaves add texture and interest. But if you’d really like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Albuquerque style, we recommend an arrangement of amazing green succulent plants.
This St. Patrick’s Day, Peoples Flowers has all the green you’ll need to paint the town Irish! Whether to send friendship to your Irish friends or to decorate for the party, call our floral design experts to help. Slainte!