St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland ( 17th March ). This celebration, it has become more and more popular with parades, music and songs both in Ireland and in countries to which the Irish have emigrated. People wear green, the colour that represents the ‘Emerald Isle, and shamrocks as a badge on the lapel.Sometimes, in the parades, you will see people dressed as leprechauns. Leprechauns are Ireland’s national fairy. They take the form of old men dressed in red or, more often nowadays, in green. They are solitary creatures but they enjoy mischief. They spend their time making shoes and, as they are miserly, they store the gold in a pot which they hide at the end of the rainbow.