The Cree word is a reference to the “Patron Saint of Ireland.” I got the translation from the Gift of Language and Culture website. It is not a holiday that is celebrated on our reserve, but it is acknowledged, and people enjoy the horror movie about an evil leprechaun.
I remember as a child, I would ask about the leprechaun and I would be told that he had a crock of gold at the end of a rainbow. I would sometimes imagine going on a quest to find the gold so I could be rich. Haha, thankfully, I never did go on such a quest, but the thought was fun.
Woodland Cree Yearly Calendar – http://giftoflanguageandculture.ca/glcp/calenderfla.htm (will not work on mobile devices).
St. Patrick’s Life – http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com/life_of_saint_patrick.htm