There have been several legends throughout the years regarding St. Patrick’s Day, especially ones having to do with St. Patrick himself as well as leprechauns and the shamrock.
Legends of St. Patrick
It has been said that St. Patrick, an Irish saint, was one that was not very well-educated. He was sent as a missionary to Ireland after the original one passed away.
One of the most popular legends around when it comes to the saint is that he is responsible for getting rid of all the snakes in Ireland. It is thought that the saint converted the heathen and snakes were considered to be evil in nature.
It is not exactly known when the saint was born, when he died or even where he is buried. It is thought that he is buried in County Down, Ireland. There is said to be a shrine there that has a jawbone that was that of St. Patrick. The jawbone is often requested for things such as averting the evil eye and epileptic fits.
Legend of the Shamrock
The legend of the Shamrock began with Bishop Patrick of Ireland. He taught the word of God in his travels until one day some of his followers approached him. They were concerned that the Holy Trinity doctrine was not believable. Suddenly, he plucked a shamrock from the ground and told his followers that the three leaves represented one person—God. He stated that one leaf was the father, another was the son and the last was the Holy Spirit. The followers were no longer skeptical of the Holy Trinity doctrine.
Legends of the Leprechauns
Irish legend states that if you ever cross paths with a leprechaun, you need to hold onto him. This is because if you capture a leprechaun, you have the ability to get three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
The legend of the leprechauns goes back to the 18th century. It is said that they were known as water spirits called luchorpan, which means “small body”. Later on, the legend evolved into the belief that leprechauns were mischievous fairies that drank all the time and would haunt basements in homes.
Leprechauns were not always dressed in green clothing. Back in time, they wore red outfits that consisted of red pants with matching coat and shoes that had buckles on top. Today, they are portrayed in the same outfit style but green in color.