St. Patrick’s Day is filled with shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold, but did you ever wonder how all of these symbols originated?
Who was St. Patrick anyway?
And what’s the deal with the shamrock?
The shamrock has been recognized for centuries as a symbol associated with Saint Patrick. According to legend, this three-leaf member of the clover family was used by the Emerald Isle’s patron saint to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity to the ancient Celts. Over time, the shamrock has gone beyond its connection to Saint Patrick and has become a national symbol of Ireland.
Are leprechauns good or bad and how do they accumulate all that gold?
A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release.
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