A shamrock is a young sprig, used as a symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, is said to have used it as an educational symbol to explain the Holy Trinity to nonbelievers with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. as he converted the Irish to Christianity in the fourth century.
The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope and love.
According to Irish tradition, those who find a four-leaf clover are destined for good luck, as each leaf in the clover symbolizes good omens for faith, hope, love, and luck for the finder.
According to Irish folklore, leprechauns were cranky tricksters who you wouldn't want to mess with. They live alone and pass the time by mending the shoes of Irish fairies.
They are often described as wizened, bearded old men dressed in green and wearing buckled shoes, often with a leather apron. Sometimes they wear a pointed cap or hat and maybe smoking a pipe.
According to the tradition, the leprechaun is said to love gold coins, shamrocks, rainbows, and anything green. But is it also one of the most elusive creatures. If a human is able to catch one of these little green men, he will grant you three wishes, or even offer you his pot of gold.
Allow your kids to build leprechaun traps for St. Patrick’s Day. Entice the small bearded mischievous beings by creating innovative leprechaun traps that are so fun to make. This will leave your kids wondering if the creatures are real. Then, once the trap is set, surprise your kids with leprechaun tricks around the house, and then celebrate with treats!
Have you ever seen what’s at the end of the rainbow? One of the rainbow myths is that there's a pot of gold at the end of everyone, and the pot of gold is guarded by a tricky leprechaun.
This myth was got from the story of the Vikings that lived in Ireland years ago.
The story began when Vikings lived in Ireland, spoiling and plundering as they pleased, then burying their ill-gotten treasures all over the countryside.
When they departed from the Emerald Isle, they left behind some of their booties by accident, which the leprechauns found. Now, the leprechauns knew the Vikings had gotten their treasures through stealing, which was wrong.
This misbehavior made the leprechauns mistrust all people, Vikings or not. In order to protect the treasures from humans, the leprechauns reburied it in pots deep underground all over the island.
When rainbows appear, they always end at a spot where some leprechaun's pot of gold was buried. Since then, they have inspired much popular folklore, including the belief that a leprechaun can be found at the end of a rainbow guarding a pot of gold.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete if you don’t serve these traditional dishes.
Throughout the history of Ireland, these dishes are always present and a must on the table.
These are the famous dishes served during this special day. Corned Beef, Shepherd's Pie which is a comforting main dish, Irish Soda Bread, Colcannon, a traditional Irish side that one-ups mashed potatoes. Last but not the least, cabbage which has been a mainstay in Ireland.
You can also serve some Irish dessert recipe of choice after your fail-proof corned beef recipe. Ireland is famous for its excellent chocolates, so a few truffles would be the perfect dessert to share on St. Patrick's Day.
You can whip up a batch of the basic recipe and dress it up with green sprinkles or tidbits of toffee.
You can also try a variation by infusing the ganache with Irish cream, whiskey, or stout.