Being a bit Irish meself, I think it’s delightful to have a Leprechaun celebration separate from St. Patrick’s Day.
Leprechauns are portrayed as sly and sneaky elves who dress in waistcoats and hats in Irish folklore. While they are small in stature, they are quick as a whip and masters of practical jokes.
They are also keen musicians who play tin whistles, the fiddle, and even the Irish Harp and love to dance. It’s said, they love dancing so much, they wear out their shoes and constantly have to make new ones.
You might see a leprechaun if you go to Ireland. Tis been known to happen.
For sure you’ll see one if you go to the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin. I know it’s a fun and interesting place to visit.
But catching one of the mischievous pranksters is another matter entirely!
The wee people hide because, if someone finds a leprechaun, then the leprechaun has to either give his pot of gold to the finder or grant him or her three wishes.
These devious little creatures should never be trusted. They will do anything to escape once caught.
If you do happen to catch one, be aware the leprechaun will use all his magical powers to grant you three wishes in return for his freedom. He might even offer you a pot of gold, but he’s also likely to trick you. Best to follow these tips on How to Catch a Leprechaun.
Most people celebrate this day for fun and luck by:
- organizing Leprechaun hunts,
- throwing Leprechaun parties,
- playing practical jokes, and
- eating and sharing gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins