Here is some common St. Patrick’s Day symbols to explore and perhaps do some of the fun stuff listed below each.
St. Patrick’s Day symbols–Leprechauns
Near a misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree
Live mystical, magical leprechauns
who are clever as can be
With their pointed ears, and turned up toes and little coats of green
The leprechauns busily make their shoes and try hard not to be seen.
Only those who really believe have seen these little elves
And if we are all believers
We can surely see for ourselves.
Solitary by nature, leprechauns live in remote places and make shoes and brogues. Their name literally means “one shoe maker” and they are sometimes detected by the rhythmic tapping of their cobbler’s hammer as they go about their work.
In appearance a leprechaun takes the form of a diminutive old man, usually no larger than three feet tall, wearing a cocked hat called a tam o’ shanter, leather (work) apron, woolen waistcoat, knee breeches, long stockings and silver-buckled brogues. They are always bearded and are usually pipe smokers.
St. Patrick’s Day symbols–Shamrock
There’s a dear little plant that grows in Ireland.
‘Twas Saint Patrick himself sure that set it.
And the sun on his labor with pleasure did smile.
And a tear from his eyes oft-times wet it.
It grows through the bog …
Through the brake, and through the mireland.
And it’s called the dear little Shamrock of Ireland.
A plant with three leaves believed to have been used by Saint Patrick to symbolize the Trinity (ie father, son and the holy ghost). Most people think it was white clover, but it could have been wood sorrel or lesser yellow trefoil. It has subsequently become an emblem of Ireland, but it is not the official one, which is the harp.
St. Patrick’s Day Symbols–Blarney Stone:
The Blarney Stone is a legendary block of limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, near Cork, Ireland. Supposedly, kissing the stone endows the kisser with great eloquence. The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446.
Fun Things to Do:
Make a Blarney stone
St. Patrick’s Day symbols–Rainbows and Pots of Gold
May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
( Irish blessing)
Leprechauns know the location of buried treasure, often in a crock of gold. They will reveal the location of this treasure if caught but will not give it up easily, hence the saying that a leprechaun’s treasure is at the “end of the rainbow” (i.e. unobtainable).
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