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17 March 2022

Having lived a sheltered life, we had never heard of the St. Patrick's Day custom of pinching until a registered nurse wished us all a pinch but explained it would not be coming from her because, in that case, it would be considered assault.

Real Green. Captured with an Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm II R kit lens at 34mm (68mm equivalent), f5.1, 1/80 second and ISO 200 after a rain storm. Preprocessed in DxO PureRaw 2 before processing Adobe Camera Raw with significant Color Grading.

Apparently the rule is that anyone not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day may be pinched. And it could indeed be painful.

The theory behind this is that green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who like to pinch people. A lot.

Wearing green originally symbolized Irish Republicanism, a nonsectarian movement of the late 18th century that argued for Ireland to become an independent republic. It was later adopted by Irish immigrants celebrating St. Patrick's Day in America.

Of course to us Italians, the wearing of green is primarily a sign of Irish envy that Santo Pasquale was, in fact, of Roman descent.

Did that pinch?

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