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The Lucky Leprechauns

The luck o' the Irish and St. Patrick's Day are just around the corner. Parades, shamrocks, and lots of little leprechauns with their pots of gold. Of all the symbols of St. Patrick's Day, the leprechaun is both the most light-hearted and perhaps the least understood.

Read on for some fun facts about the origin of the little green guy and his possible connection to the St. Patty's Day holiday.

The leprechaun is Ireland's national fairy. He stands less than 3 feet tall, dressed all in green, with a pointy, feathered cap atop his head and two gold coins clutched in his hands. In the first hand, he grasps a magic coin that always returns to the purse once it's spent; in the other, he holds a dummy coin, which turns to rock or ashes as soon as it's spent.

Cobblers by profession, the leprechauns are legendary hard-workers, known for their solitary and surly qualities. These made the leprechauns the ideal candidate for their best-known role: guarding the fairy treasure.

Everyone knows the myth of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In order to keep their golden treasure safe, leprechauns are said to spend their days scurrying from one end of the rainbow to the next, constantly moving their pot of gold to avoid capture.

Legend tells that if you are lucky enough to find a leprechaun, you must be careful not to let the little green guy out of your sight until he tells you where the pot of gold is. You had better be on your toes, though, because leprechauns are known to be cunning and quick - in the blink of an eye, the gold guard will dash out of sight, taking your hopes for good fortune with him.

So what does all this have to do with St. Patrick's Day? Truthfully, probably not much. Except that St. Patty's has become a celebration of everything Irish - and nothing is more Irish than the Emerald Island's national fairy.

Related Articles:
The Story of Saint Patrick's Day
Who was St. Patrick?
A Guide to St. Patrick's Day Celebrations and Customs
Shamrocks and St. Patrick's Day
A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

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15:03 10/07/2011
Brenda from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
20:07 04/06/2011
Dear Leprechauns. Please send me magic gold so that my purse is always full. I love Leprechauns!!
Paige from New Hampshire, US
15:47 03/17/2011
Why did you not deliver gold coins to my house but you did to all my friends
15:33 12/13/2010
09:31 09/16/2010
is there a real lepurcan in greenland
eleni from New York, US
20:03 03/16/2010
hey me and my friends r hunting leperchauns at school it is really fun we already found one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nathaniel from Canada
20:48 03/09/2010
How do leprechaun hide?
dezarae Trease Helferty from Oregon, US
20:58 02/26/2010
Can you be my luky lepercon can you let me catch you can i have your big pot of gold and you can fill it up wen it is all gon the gold what is your name if you let me catch you you and me will have so much fun together but you have to promiss somthing you can not run away if i let you out of your trap
02:45 03/16/2009
You and Mum have a good day and stay sober...???, Gary
bobbie from Michigan, US
20:24 01/22/2009
have a nice st. patricks day

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