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Irish Superstitions in Luck and Love

17. March 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Maybe an Irishman is your future husband?

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world, with people wearing many shades of green and enjoying traditional Irish cuisine. Parades and pubs are the popular places to be with green beer the beverage of choice.


This magical holiday has several legends and superstitions surrounding it. Do you believe in these tales?


Many think of the mischievious leprechaun on this day. Is he a little magician or a fairy? The Irish word for leprechaun is lobairein, which means small bodied fellow. He's actually a shoemaker who lives in the forest with his hoards of gold. If you manage to catch him, he will give you a pot of gold in exchange for his release.


Clovers and shamrocks are often seen on St. Patrick's Day, but do you know the difference? Shamrocks are actually 3-leaf clovers which represent the Christian trinity and only grow in the Emerald Isle, while clovers refer to many other plants that have different numbers of leaves. Many believe that the 4-leaf clover brings the bearer the most luck, with the 4 leaves representing faith, hope, love and luck.


The Blarney Stone is a favorite tradition of the romantic, since a kiss on the stone warrants good luck in love. The Irish legend says a poor old woman was drowning when a king came along and saved her. To thank him, the woman cast a spell on a nearby stone, which was set into the wall of Blarney Castle. A kiss of the stone was meant to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive talk, therefore convincing the one you love to love you right back!


Another Irish legend involving the quest for true love occurs on the first full moon of the New Year in Ireland. Single maidens gather special herbs by the light of the moon and recite a verse that will reveal their future husbands in their dreams: Moon, moon tell unto me, When my true love I shall see? What fine clothes am I to wear? How many children will I bear? For if my love comes not to me, Dark and dismal my life will be. The ladies also must use a black handled knife to cut out three pieces of earth to take home, tie them in her left stocking, and secure the bundle with her right garter. She places this complete package under her pillow and awaits for her dreamy revelation.


Other superstitions on St. Patrick's Day involve getting pinched if you're not wearing green and making the sign of the cross over your mouth when you yawn to ward off evil spirits. If you're chatting with any gentlemen on this enjoyable holiday, be sure to wish them a Happy St. Patrick's Day. And if you know an Irishman, be sure to say Erin Go Braugh which means Ireland Forever