The most common icon for St Patrick’s Day is the shamrock, the three-leafed clover. It’s believed that Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity: how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.
Another icon is the magic leprechaun. The word leprechaun comes from the Celtic lobaircin, meaning “small-bodied fellow.” The leprechauns of Celtic folklore were tricky and ill-tempered. The modern figure and Irish emblem of a jocular being, on the other hand, is the legacy of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
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