Once upon a time, blue was the color to wear. That's right, not green, but blue! Because blue was the color of
's flag. It was changed to green most likely due to the shamrock. Ireland
St. Patrick chased the snakes out of
. Except that would be hard, as there never been snakes in Ireland . Separated from Ireland England and the Continent thousands of years ago, emerged from the Ice Age snake-free. Ireland
And forget that cute little guy on the Lucky Charms cereal box. Leprechauns are not cute or nice. Like many fairies, they were brutish and nasty, besides being short too. They were the grumpy, insufferable, alcoholic elves in employ of other fairies. They made shows for the fairies (why they're called cobblers) and guarded their treasure vigorously. Unfortunately to their eternal frustration, their treasure was revealed by rainbows. Next time you watch that horror film, Leprechaun, the actor plays the true fey being.
But no matter if myth or truth, enjoy the day and dance a little jig. Just don't overdo the green beer and Irish food.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
ERIN Go BRAGH!