Saint Patricks Day isa cultural and religious holidaycelebrated on 17 March.It commemorates Saint Patrick (c.AD 387–461), the most commonlyrecognised of the patron saints ofIreland, and the arrival ofChristianity in Ireland.According to legend, Saint Patrickused the shamrock, a three-leavedplant, to explain the Holy Trinity tothe pre-Christian Irish people.
Where is itcelebrated?Saint Patrick’s day is thenational day of Ireland.However, this day is notonly celebrated inIreland but also in manyplaces in the world withIrish presence.
LeprechaunsA leprechaun is a type offairy in Irish folklore.Popular depiction showsthe leprechaun as beingno taller than a small child,with a beard and hat.
Pot o’ Gold 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.
GaelicIreland: ÉireDublin: Baile Átha CliathSláinte (slaan-sha): Cheers (salud)Fáilte (fall-sha): Welcome "Fáilte Ireland”Craic Agus Ceol (crack agus col): crack andmusic“.
Irish BlessingsMay your pockets be heavy- Your heart be lightAnd may good luck pursue you Each morning and night