There are two speculated reasons.
One idea is that the two are connected because a leprechaun is a symbol of good luck, and that St. Patrick must have had good luck to finally escape his Irish captors.
Another idea is that in America, all the symbols associated with the Irish people have become one all-Irish holiday with shamrocks, leprechauns, blarney, green beer, and getting drunk at bars just part of the traditions.
Another theory is that the original Irish were indeed leprechauns--which seems the less likely of the three.
http://www.experts123.com/a/why-are-lep … s-day.html
Couldn't you just google it yourself?
Among the ancients of Erin, the shamrock represented the three faces of the Goddess (Mother, Maiden and Crone). The leprechauns, who acknowledged the Goddess as much as any living creature, fashioned their shillelaghs (walking sticks) from dried shamrock root as a show of humility for the Goddess, on Whose earth they journey. Of course, when the land was Christianized the Goddess was revamped to correspond with the new religion and she was now known as the "Virgin Mother" or Mother of God. As St. Patrick was a Christian saint, in time the connotations between leprechaun lore and the saint's patron day meshed together. Much the same with the shamrock itself; where once it symbolized the faces of the Goddess, it is viewed as a symbol of the holy trinity by many modern Christians.
by Right On Time 6 years ago
What are your favourite things about Ireland?I know so little about Ireland...my knowledge stretches to Sinead O'Connor, Bryan McFadden (who's unsuccessfully tried to build profile here) and yes the leprechauns too!... it's one of those few countries I know very little about....plz enlighten me!
by wiserworld 6 years ago
Do the Irish do as much celebrating with green and leprechauns as Americans do?Why are leprechauns part of that particular holiday anyway?
by Eiddwen 6 years ago
I am in the process of trying to persuade my partner that we really do need a dog in the house.I used to have two Doberman;a Min.Schnauzer but I am swaying towards a Beagle;my dog when I was small was a Beagle called Lassie and I have never forgotten her ;she was my best friend.However we may visit...
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