By: Stephanie Barefoot – Mitchell
St. Patrick’s Day is no doubt a holiday most redheads love. It’s a holiday that celebrates the life and inspiration of Saint Patrick, who (fact) was actually born in Britain.
This Irish holiday brings some well-deserved recognition to redheads everywhere. But there is some etiquette that will be much appreciated if you are going to be shouting “Erin Go Bragh” (ɛrɪn ɡə ˈbrɑː/, sometimes Erin go Braugh, is used to express allegiance to Ireland) alongside a ginger friend today.
1. Do: Wear green
Most likely, we will be too. It’s one of the most flattering ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved colors and we rock it like no other. ‘Greenery’ was also Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017.
Besides, you don’t want to get pinched! The tradition of pinching people who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to be a reminder that, at any time, a leprechaun could appear and wreak havoc on you.
2. Don’t: Kiss us
Whether it’s for luck, tradition or fun, at least ask first, OK? Unless we’re wearing a shirt that says, “Kiss me! I’m Irish!” that is.
3. Do: Sing karaoke with us
There are plenty of references to “that redhead over there” in songs in almost every genre. A good one to pick is Bruce Springsteen’s “Red Headed Woman”.
READ: 12 Songs About Redheads
4. Don’t: Assume all redheads are Irish
It is true that Ireland has the highest percentage of redhaired individuals (next to Scotland); coming in around 20% of their population. This statistic likely giving way for the misinformed stereotype. But, redheads in the United States (averaging < 3%) have ties to Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands and various other parts of European and Mediterranean countries.
5. Do: Rock your hair
Many people wear wigs, hats, and attire to look like a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. Lucky for us redheads, we don’t have to anything.
6. Don’t: Ask us for luck
Even though we know our locks and mutated genes make us seem mythical, we can’t grant wishes like genies or lead you to a pot of gold. You could say you’re already lucky befriending us. We are quite rare.
Regardless of where a redhead’s lineage lies, or where they reside, St. Patrick’s Day always shines a spotlight on our many shades of red hair.
Even though this day happens only once a year, we love and celebrate our uniqueness every day. Rock it like a Redhead!