Ireland and good luck clover
Why does this little plant that we associate with good luck come to mind when we talk about Ireland? That a four-leaf clover brings good luck is nothing new, but a superstition that almost everyone knows. But this small plant has a special importance in Ireland, since, apart from that characteristic of attracting good fortune, it acquires a symbolic role in the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, the patron saint of the Irish. On this date, March 17, the image of shamrocks decorates streets, shops and schools, and can even be seen on people's buttons, hats and clothing. Also, the shamrock is a national emblem.
The origin of this tradition is found in a popular Irish legend, which establishes a direct link between the shamrock and Saint Patrick, responsible for the spread of Christianity in Ireland during the 5th century.
Legend has it that on one occasion, the saint was in front of a group of Celts trying to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity, but despite their efforts, they could not understand this complex concept. Suddenly, Saint Patrick looked down at the ground and noticed how in front of him a clover grew in the middle of the grass. At that moment, the saint uprooted the small plant and showed it to his audience, explaining that in the same way that three leaves sprouted from a single clover stem, so the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit were one. In addition to this clover symbol and national emblem there is another, the best known and called "good luck".
The well-known four-leaf clover. This idea is attributed to the Celts themselves, ancient inhabitants of the Irish territory. According to their pagan beliefs, this plant was a magical talisman that could be used for protection against evil spirits. Tradition indicates that those who manage to meet one, especially if it happens by coincidence, will have good fortune.
The choice of the plant quickly connected with the common people as it was very popular with the Irish and was frequently used by the local druids, who gave the clover magical qualities. Over time and especially after the popularization of the figure of Saint Patrick, this species of the genus Trifolium, also known as Shamrock, became one of the main symbols of Ireland, being one of the most represented and most proud elements to transmit to the Irish.