Today is St. Patrick's Day which is being celebrated around the globe (with few exceptions like the Philippines) in honor of Saint Patrick. the 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 in Sagada, 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!