St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on 17 March.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in the whole of Ireland on 17 March, in honour of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
Who was St. Patrick?
Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was born in Wales somewhere around AD 385. He was carried off by pirates and spent six years in slavery before escaping and training as a missionary.
The most famous story about Saint Patrick is him driving the snakes from Ireland. He died on 17th March in AD 461 and this day has since been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day.
What is the national emblem of Ireland?
The national emblem of Ireland is the Shamrock. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain how the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit could exist as separate parts of the same being. His followers took to wearing a shamrock in celebration.
St Patrick's day is marked by the wearing of shamrocks (a clover-like plant), the national emblem of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
How is St Patrick's Day celebrated?
St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades in the large cities, the wearing of the green and drinking Guinness (traditional drink of Ireland).
Let the kids make a Shamrock pin from craft foam to wear on St. Patrick's Day. Great classroom activity!
- Green craft foam; 4" square piece
- Two 10mm googly eyes
- White glue
- Glitter glue
- Black permanent marker
- Bar pin
- 7mm Pompom
- Using the pattern, trace a shamrock onto green craft foam. Cut out the shamrock. Note: The side with the tracing lines should be the back of the pin.
- On the front side of the shamrock, glue on googly eyes and the pompom for the nose. Draw a mouth and eyebrows with a black permanent marker.
- Outline the shamrock with glitter glue in a squeeze bottle. Let dry completely before continuing.
- Turn the shamrock over and glue a bar pin to the back.
Idea: Turn a shamrock into a magnet by replacing the pin with a 1" piece of magnet.