St. Patrick’s Day is full of multiple traditions celebrated by various activities. Generally these activities center on the color green or shamrocks that represent faith, hope, and love. St. Patrick used the three-leafed clover to explain the trinity, standing for the Father, The Son, and Holy Spirit. St. Patrick’s Day has transformed from a religious celebration of in Ireland to an international celebration of Irish culture with food, dancing, and lots of green.
Now where does the leprechaun come into play? The leprechaun is an Irish fairy and said to be seen only on St. Patrick’s Day. He wears green, and the Irish believe that wearing green make them invisible to the leprechaun. People started pinching others who were not wearing green as a reminder that leprechauns also like to pinch those not wearing green.
While some children dress up in green and hunt for shamrocks, others are looking for the mischievous leprechaun. American’s have adopted this tradition over time.. As young children arrive to school on March 17, they would find their classroom destroyed and gold coins left behind by the leprechaun. Young kids love the idea that they can catch something that leaves behind gold coins; therefore, the tradition of catching the leprechaun has remained.
Along with the color green and the elusive leprechaun, St. Paddy’s day is also known for the gold at the end of the rainbow. The story goes like this: “An old couple living in a little house was very poor. One day while the old man went to town to find work, his wife was in the garden. Because of her age it was extremely difficult to reach the ground, but as she did so and pulled a carrot from the ground, a leprechaun popped out. He told her he was here to grant her and her husband any one wish. The following day the leprechaun came back, but the old couple could not decide on a wish. They wanted new clothes, a nice house, tools, gold, and more.
The leprechaun scoffed and declared: “[Because of your greed,] I will not grant any wish of yours. But, since you are in need, I will give you a hint. I have hidden a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. All you have to do is find it.”
St. Patrick’s Day is full of traditions but make this year one to remember. Embrace the green, find the gold, and catch that leprechaun.