When: May 13th
Leprechaun Day is a dedicated to the little elves of Ireland. Saint Patrick's day is a huge day in March that celebrates Irish pride and everything about Ireland. But, tiny Leprechauns with their precious, hidden pot of gold, deserve their own day reserved just for them.
According to Irish legend, or folklore, Leprechauns have a hidden pot of gold. If you catch a Leprechaun, he must give you his pot of gold.
On Leprechaun Day, we suggest you take a few minutes to admire your own "pot of gold". Or, do something to grow or increase the size of your own pot of gold. Short of these two activities, we suggest you go out and try to catch a Leprechaun!
Origin of Leprechaun Day:
Our research uncovered virtually no information on the roots of this day.
Legend of the Leprechaun's
Leprechauns, or little people, are Irish fairies about two feet tall. Leprechauns are dressed in green and are shoemakers. They can be found by following the sound of their hammering. They are believed to have hidden away a pot of gold. If you catch a Leprechaun, they have to lead you to their treasure. But, be wary, if you take their eye off of them they will get away.
Leprechauns are sly creatures, and will try to trick you into looking away so they can escape and not have to give you their treasure. They are also a bit of a loner, and rarely seen in groups. Seldom do you even see pairs of Leprechauns together.
While Leprechauns are small, they are big in Irish folklore. They have earned a special day all to themselves.
This Day in History May 13
The Cumberland Compact is signed by leaders of the settlers in early Tennessee. (1780)
Mexican-American War: The United States declares war on Mexico. (1846)
American Civil War: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues a "proclamation of neutrality" which recognizes the breakaway states as having belligerent rights. (1861)
American Civil War: Battle of Resaca – the battle begins with Union General Sherman fighting toward Atlanta, Georgia. (1864)
American Civil War: Battle of Palmito Ranch – in far south Texas, more than a month after Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender, the last land battle of the Civil War ends with a Confederate victory. (1865)
In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway. (1880)
The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM. (1939)
The original Broadway production of The Pajama Game opens and runs for another 1,063 performances. Later received three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Choreography. (1954)
The trade mark Velcro is registered. (1958)
Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres (11,000 mi) by sea and 62,000 kilometres (39,000 mi) by land during a ten-year journey (1958)
Hundreds of University of California, Berkeley students congregate for the first day of protest against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Thirty-one students are arrested, and the Free Speech Movement is born. (1960)
The Rolling Stones record the now infamous song "Satisfaction". (1965)
The Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres. (1970)
"Mr. October", Reggie Jackson becomes the first major league ballplayer to strike out 2,000 times. (1983)
Police storm MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents. (1985)
Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. (1994)