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Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day: Leprechauns, Green Milk and Being Lucky in Sagada!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda
Today is St. Patrick's Day which is being celebrated around the globe (with few exceptions like the Philippines)  in honor of Saint Patrickthe patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick is a Roman priest who was in Ireland for thirty years as a Christian missionary and was credited for converting nobles to Christianity, establishing hundreds of monasteries and churches and for promoting the study of legal text and the Bible.It is believe that St. Patrick died in the 5th century on March 17, which is the day St. Patrick's Day is commemorated each year. Leprechaun and Green are popularly associated with this global yet Irish- celebration! 
Leprechaun is an Irish fairy who looks like a small, old man about 2 feet tall. From the old Irish word "luchorpan" which means "little body", a leprechaun is often portrayed as  dressed like a shoemaker, with a crooked hat and a leather apron. Last Christmas, my prince gave me Mr. Finnegan, King of the Leprechaun stuffed toy  from Ireland.
Mr. Finnegan has a gift tag that says "Leprechauns are mischievous little creatures and bury their crocks of gold in secret places around Ireland. Legend says if you were to capture a leprechaun and ask him the whereabouts of his treasure...he would have to tell you!  
While Green is Ireland's national color. It was probably inspired by the "Emerald Isle" landscape  which is actually green all year round with Ireland's plentiful rain and mist. Wearing the color green is said to bring good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick's Day. So today, I wore a touch of green at my friend Fiscal Jon and Bernz Roque's double celebration - his birthday and their wedding anniversary. The Roque's couple (middle) and classmate Mayor Tony Carolino of Sta.Maria were wearing yellow. But Judge and Nilo were in green so I told them that's today's lucky color!

So aside from wearing green, did we try catching the leprechauns earlier? Yea, somehow. But not with a leprechaun trap. We have our own "bait" to catch the tricky leprechaun! We made him a cool green milk  we call Sago't Gulaman Paddy Drink! (err you haven't heard it? i just created the term lol)! Well this cool milk drink is easy! All you need are green ready-to-eat sago (pearls) and gulaman (jelly),  milk, sugar and ice cold water! But since we didn't have enough green sago and gulaman,  we added some more colors (and avoided the green food coloring) so our Sago't Gulaman Paddy Drink is not very paddyish eh. But anyway, whether we could get the tricky Mr. Finnegan through this cool drink or not, one thing is sure - the kiddos and me were trapped with this drink! I really love it so I asked for a second helping.  

Now talking about being lucky in green and catching leprechaun reminds me how nice it would be like to visit Ireland on March 17 and celebrate St. Patrick's Day like an Irish do. Not sure when that will happen though. In the meantime, I will celebrate it with my nieces and nephews over a cool Sago't Gulaman Paddy Drink and telling them about finding a P100 -peso bill soaked in water, unblemished and un-defaced while wearing green iSagada, Philippines! Maybe that's the closest memory I have of catching a leprechaun and showing me his pot of gold! Happy St. Paddy's Day!


Sweet Balucanag said...

St. Patrick's Day is most associated with leprechauns. An Irish saint's day being associated with a fictional creature is a lot like the Philippines' deep-rooted Christianity and ironic belief in superstition.

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

hmm yea you could be right there. i actually didn't know where it all started that St. Patrick's Day became associated with leprechauns.but well for the most part, it was just for fun! I don't think people celebrating it are superstitious though.

athena said...

i always tend to associate the colors green and yellow to leprechauns. haha. that is why i avoid wearing those colors sometimes

gagay said...

wow! ang swerte!

di ko nacelebrate ang St. Patty's Day yesterday dito..i was just sleeping the whole day.. ;(

Aileen said...

Wow. Wait, I didn't realize that it was St. Patrick's Day! But anyway, haha you look like you had fun.

Cha said...

I love the color green! When most people talk about St. Patrick's Day, I associate it with leprechauns. An Irish saint's day being associated with a fictional creature is a lot like the Philippines' deep-rooted belief in superstition and fairy tales.

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

for Pinoys, it is understandable to actually forget this holiday @Gagay and @Aileen. i would have forgotten it too were it not for the many friends from the US who were sending me greetings hehe and the leprechauns stuffed toy my boyfriend gave me last Christmas, i would have forgotten it too!

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

hmm that's good to know @Athena and @Cha about how you two associated the color green with leprechauns. it is interesting though how opposite are your associations haha.well i like green during summer coz it adds coolness. i didn't know about it being St. Patricks Day celeb until I wrote this post haha

YANI said...

Oh! I must be wearing something green now :)) Nice post as it is very timely and full of great ideas.

Sionee said...

I used to imagine befriending leprechauns when I was young.hahahaha weird! Btw, cool pics and looks like you ad fun! Happy St. Patrick's Day!! :)

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