St. Patrick's Day, which is celebrated on March 17th, is a cultural and religious holiday that honors the patron saint of Ireland. It is a day of celebration and merriment, with parades, music, and festivals held around the world. St. Patrick's Day is associated with many traditional symbols that are used to celebrate the holiday.
Its time for you to know all about the symbols that represent St patty's Day and hence, understand their importance in our lives altogether. You can also go ahead and refer this to your friends and mates to share your knowledge on the symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day
The shamrock leaf is the most significant symbol for, not only St Patrick's Day, but also, of Ireland as well. This leaf is also known as the 'seamrog' or the summer plant which is shaped like a three - leafed clover. According to an ancient Irish belief, this leaf was said to possess magical properties. The shamrock is a three-leaf clover that is said to have been used by St. Patrick to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland.
The leprechaun is a mischievous fairy that is often depicted wearing a green suit and hat. According to legend, leprechauns hide pots of gold at the end of rainbows. In short, a leprechaun is a little gnome-like man with magical powers is the Irish counterpart of the conventional fairy. He is supposed to have a hidden pot of gold.
The Celtic cross is a symbol that combines a Christian cross with a circle, which is thought to represent the sun. The Celtic cross is a popular symbol of Irish heritage and is often seen on gravestones and monuments.
The harp is a traditional Irish musical instrument that has been used in Ireland for over a thousand years. The harp is a symbol of Irish culture and is also the national symbol of Ireland. The harp is an Irish symbol, found in ancient Irish carvings, Irish coins, flags and is also used for traditional decorations on St. Patrick's Day.
The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring that features two hands holding a heart, with a crown on top. The ring is often given as a symbol of love, friendship, and loyalty.
The color green signifies the onset of the spring season and is also the color of Shamrock leaf.
Shillelagh was the name of an oak - forest in County Wicklow; hence a club made from an Oak was often called a 'Shillelagh'. Little children carry plastic Shillelaghs on this occasion.
There is custom to kiss the Blarney Stone on this day. This stone is set on the wall of the Blarney Castle Tower in a village named Blarney in Ireland. Anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone is supposed to receive the gift of 'persuasive eloquence' (the ability to speak convincingly). It is believed that St. Patrick had a winning personality that enabled him to fulfil his mission of converting almost the whole of Ireland into Christianity.
These symbols are all important parts of St. Patrick's Day celebrations and are used to honor the rich cultural heritage of Ireland.