If you’ve ever been to Ireland, then you’d probably take it on faith that the country’s official color is green because of its landscape. Seriously, the place glows green. And yet, that’s not the reason the Irish rep green, or that the millions of Irish-for-a-day do it on March 17th. No, Ireland’s original color of choice (according to some sources) was blue. But during the Great Irish Rebellion of 1641, a band of militants resisting the English crown flew a green flag with a harp on it as their official colors, and the Irish have been wearin’ the green ever since.
Of course, when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, green is not just limited to the wearin’: It covers drinking, eating, lighting, accessorizing, and even boating. Here, the definitive and indisputable ranking of all St. Patrick’s Day Green Items.