March 17 is almost upon us once again. It’s that time of the year when we look inside our closets to find that green shirt or blouse, or maybe that green pin. This is the time of the year when everyone is Irish 🙂
The Leprechaun, of Irish folklore, didn’t always bring good luck. In fact the Leprechaun isn’t nice at all. The Leprechaun is said to be a solitary creature, who made and mended shoes for a living. The pots of gold were found by Leprechauns. These gold coins were buried during wars long ago and the Leprechaun would find these treasure years later. The Leprechaun is said to be the son of an evil being. This makes him not wholly good but not wholly evil. Prior to the 1900’s Leprechaun’s wore red outfits.
There is a story that a King falls asleep on a beach and is woken up by three Leprechauns dragging him out to sea. The King captures them, thus turning the tables and the Leprechauns are forced to grant the King three wishes for their release.
Today, the Leprechaun isn’t seen as an evil creature. He is seen as a fun little creature dressed in green, bringing good luck. And if you follow a rainbow, at the end will be a Leprechaun’s pot of gold.
Today, the Leprechaun has a positive image in our culture. It’s neat that one day out of the year everyone wants to be Irish!
WHERE EVER YOU GO,
WHATEVER YOU DO,
MAY THE LUCK OF THE IRISH
ALWAYS BE WITH YOU!!