It’s March! So, there’s a good chance you’ve begun seeing shamrocks all over the place and not just at the local Irish pub either. With St. Patrick’s Day well on its way, we decided to find out a bit more about this traditional Irish symbol and ask why it is supposed to be good luck and, even better yet, how it became such an important part of the folklore of Irish culture.
You’ve heard of the luck of the Irish, but how can you get as much good fortune as possible on St. Paddy’s Day? But, before you don your "Kiss me, I'm Irish" tee and set out to find a perfect pour of Guinness (or four), here are some nifty ways to give yourself more luck to win this week’s amazing lottery jackpots right here at PlayUSALotteries.com:
According to legend, Ireland’s patron saint St Patrick used the shamrock as a symbol for the holy trinity, because of its three leaves when he first introduced Ireland to Christianity.
The name shamrock originates from the Irish word seamróg which is the shortened version of the Irish word seamair óg and which means young clover not to be confused with the lucky four-leaf clover.
It is green in colour and has three little leaves and it also has a history that goes back well before St Patrick and St Patrick’s Day to the days of the druids who believed the shamrock had special powers that could detect bad spirits. The druids believed the three heart-shaped leaves represented the triple goddess that could take three forms and consisted of a maiden, a mother or a wise woman.
Over and above the triple goddess, the number three was honoured and respected throughout the Celtic culture. The number three is featured heavily throughout Celtic legends and myths such as the Triskel which is a very special druid symbol that contains three spirals. Early Irish Christians also found symbolism and meaning in the shamrock. St Patrick was really taken in by this remarkable little three-leaved plant which he also used to banish all snakes from Ireland and that’s when the shamrock came to be seen as a holy plant.
Wearing o’ the green
Wearing green on St Patrick’s Day is considered lucky and a celebration of Ireland but in America, some people may be surprised to learn that the colour green has a political and cultural history behind it. It was a movement in Ireland that took a stand against British colonialism and it remained a symbol for Irish nationalism until Ireland’s independence in 1922. On the Irish flag, the green represents the Catholics, the orange represents the Protestants and the white symbolises the peace between them. The green also represents Ireland’s lush green countryside and the country is known as the Emerald Isle for this reason.
Or wearing blue?
The English King Henry VIII had created a coat of arms for the Kingdom of Ireland that included the colour blue. It also had an earlier link to a person in Irish mythology called Flaitheas Éireann who wore the colour blue and even the order of the St Patrick knighthood wore blue, St Patrick’s blue which is still the national colour of Ireland. The presidential standard flag has blue on it as does the old coat of arms which has a harp on a dark blue background.
Whether you like green beer, horseshoes, or corned beef and cabbage, these quotes will help you break a leg on St. Patrick's Day!
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- "We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?" - Jean Cocteau
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