The origins and hiding places of pots of gold that belonged to Leprechaun Day are as mysterious as their disappearance. Leprechauns have been part Irish folklore since thousands of years. Despite their reputation for being tricksy and mischievous, these little fairies are beloved and deserve a day to call them their own.
According to legend, a leprechaun will give you his pot if he is caught. However, leprechauns are very resourceful and can defend their gold well. You can honor Leprechaun Day even if you’re unable to catch one. Instead, nourish your own pot with gold. You can increase your wealth by adding to your savings account. Perhaps your pot of gold will attract a leprechaun.
The Old Irish language is where the word leprechaun originates. It can be translated as’small body’ if it’s reconstructed back to its roots. Leprechauns are believed to have lived in fairy houses and fairy rings in Ancient Ireland. They have been mentioned in ancient Irish manuscripts back as far as the 12th and 15th Centuries.
Today’s leprechauns are usually depicted as male with ginger hair and a thick beard. They also wear a green coat and little top-hat. These ancient manuscripts show that the leprechauns mentioned often wore red, and they weren’t always male. However, female leprechauns are known for seducing unsuspecting men into their home for adventure and revelry.
The stories of female leprechauns have become largely forgotten over the years and are now replaced by the green-clad little men we know today.
While our perceptions of leprechauns have changed over time, one thing remains constant: leprechauns will always remain clever, cunning, cheeky, and full of mischief.
While we associate leprechauns now with their love for gold, it’s not surprising that they were not always as obsessed with the bright yellow stuff. Leprechauns were first associated with gold in an Irish myth that has become somewhat of an Irish legend.
This story tells the tale of the Danes who recently invaded Ireland and left the leprechauns to manage all the plunder and wealth they took during their conquest. The leprechauns weren’t as trustworthy as they appeared, and the cheeky leprechauns concealed the gold and plunder in pots and pans, before hiding it across the entire of Ireland.
Legend has it that a rainbow will appear where a leprechaun has buried gold, and it will end there.
The idea that leprechauns have a hidden wealth has been a theme of stories since the tale. Most legends about leprechauns revolve around people trying to deceive them in order to steal their wealth. Leprechauns can be tricked, but they aren’t so easy to deceive. Leprechaun gold can be very well hidden and, although they will tell you the location of the treasure if asked by humans, if they look away for even a second, it is possible to disappear into thin air and never be seen again.
Sometimes, stories give leprechauns the ability grant wishes. However, this can often backfire on the human. Seamus is one such story. Seamus, a man from Ireland who caught a leprechaun and was granted a wish, was simple. After much thought, Seamus decided that he wanted to become rich and live on a tropical island. Seamus got his wish fulfilled by the leprechaun with a simple click of his fingers. But there was a catch. Seamus was wealthy, but there was no place to go on a tropical island with people or shops. Seamus’ wealth was useless. Seamus was bored and tricked into believing he could be rich in Ireland. There, despite not being wealthy, there were shops, people, and pubs.
Leprechauns don’t just cause mischief in Irish stories. They are also closely related to Far Darrig Faeries and the Clurichaun.
The Clurichaun, a mischievous fairy with a love of drinking and causing trouble, is often found near a pub, brewery or wine cellar. The Clurichaun can often be found near a wine cellar, pub or brewery. He is also a treasure guardian, and can repair shoes. According to some Irish folk-tales Leprechauns can become Clurichauns if they are drunk and disorderly.
Far Darrig faeries look similar to leprechauns, except they don’t wear a hat or coat. Far Darrig faeries, another mischievous character in Irish folk laws, are often described as fat and hairy with long, rat-like noses and tails. Far Farrig faeries are often obsessed with practical jokes and can cause trouble by making people nightmares.
Leprechauns still have a strong association with Irish history, and are prominently featured in pop culture today. Leprechauns are often depicted as mischievous, but charming characters. You’ve likely seen them on TV, in films, and in advertisements. Lucky Charms’ leprechaun mascot is one of the most prominent examples of them in popular culture. Other logos that feature sports personalities or teams include Lucky Charms’ leprechaun logo. While most modern films portray leprechauns in a positive light, others focus on their darker sides. We recommend not watching the American horror film “Leprechaun” unless you have thick skin.
Whatever you do, remember that Leprechaun Day is a day to have fun and have fun.