How to Get Lucky on St. Patricks Day


Avery Peters

Keven Badalamente is ready for a lucky day!

Trysten Whittington, Staff Writer

We’re not old enough to drink green beer, but if we pay attention to these lucky superstitions and might be able to get some action on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, which is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Today, the holiday has evolved to become a secular celebration of Irish culture.

This is a day where “everybody’s Irish” and people guzzle green beer with their corned beef and cabbage. One of the most famous superstitions on Saint Patrick’s Day its the holiday known for bringing luck. And there are many ways you can get lucky on Saint Patrick’s Day!

One of the most common ways to get lucky on Saint Patrick’s Day is to find a four-leaf  clover. A four leaf clover is a clover leaf with four leaflets, rather than the typical three. This task may seem pretty simple, but it is the complete opposite. Studies say that there is a four leaf clover every 1 in 10,000 leafs.

Saint Patrick was said to use the shamrock, the three-leaf clover, to teach about the Holy Trinity. The four-leaf version is supposed to stand for faith, hope, love and luck. This means that when someone finds a four leaf clover, they should hope to expect faith, hope, and luck.

Rylan Betts ‘19 believes in getting some St. Patrick’s Day luck.

“I saw a fine honey and I wasn’t wearing green so she pinched me, then I pinched her back and got her number,” he said.

Another way to get lucky on Saint Patrick’s day is to find a pot of gold. There is only one place where you can find a lucky pot of gold… and that’s where the rainbow ends.

It is said that little leprechauns go to the end of the rainbow and put a lucky pot of gold at the end for someone to find. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. They’re creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes. Although no one has ever found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it is still a superstition.

Teacher Katie Wingle has been to Ireland, and might have come in contact with a wild leprechaun.

“After we got off the plane, this old man kept buying us beer, so I think he was a leprechaun,” she remembered.

Betts is doubtful. He doesn’t think they exist.

“No, because I’ve never seen one before,” he reasoned.

We may never know, but what we do know is that you can get lucky on Saint Patrick’s day.