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Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration that happens annually on 17 March to mark the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Newfoundland, and Labrador and Montserrat. The color green, pots of gold, shamrock, and leprechaun are often associated with the celebration.
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Quick Key Facts
- St. Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint the day is named after.
- St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and is usually celebrated on March 17.
- St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday in the United States. People wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage.
- It is believed St. Patrick, a Roman-Britain-born Christian missionary, was born in the late fourth century and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people.
- It is also believed St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. However, post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes. Many believe that the term “snakes” referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids of that time and place. Today, there are no snakes to be found!
- Most people, whether they are Irish or not, wear green on this day. One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Irish immigrants began observing the holiday in Boston in 1737 and the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1766.
- Corned beef and cabbage are traditional foods eaten on this holiday.
- The shamrock, pot-of-gold and leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel. Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion.
- The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy. He is dressed like a shoemaker, with pointed shoes and hat. He also wears a leather apron. Leprechauns are supposed to be unfriendly little men who lives alone in the forest, spending all of their time making shoes and guarding their treasures. If someone catches a leprechaun, he will be forced to tell where he hides all his pots of gold. However, the leprechaun must be watched at all times. If his captor looks away, the leprechaun will vanish along with his treasure.
- St. Patrick’s Day has become a holiday all around the world and for one day out of the year anyone can be Irish and join in the celebration.
St. Patrick’s Day as a Religious and Cultural Observance
- Saint Patrick is known as the Apostle of Ireland, who brought Christianity to Ireland.
- In the 17th century, the Christian feast day was officially recognized to commemorate the coming of Christianity to Ireland, as well as the celebration of Irish cultural heritage.
- According to Irish lore, the day could have been St. Maewyn’s Day because it was Patrick’s birth name before he adopted Patricius after becoming a priest.
- Many Catholic churches move the date of the Feast of Saint Patrick if March 17 falls during Holy Week.
- In 1737, the Feast of Saint Patrick was first celebrated in the United States by Irish immigrants. By 1762, New York City held the first official parade and, through time, it’s become one of the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades.
- Since 1962, the Chicago River is dyed kelly green during the celebration. Forty tons of dye is dumped into the river which changes color for four to five hours.
- The shamrock is Ireland’s national flower. It is also one of the main symbols of St. Patrick, which represents the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant is often used as a badge.
- It’s a common mistake to confuse a four-leaf clover and a shamrock. The four-leaf clover is considered lucky because they’re generally hard to find.
- A popular pastime of St. Patrick’s Day is for adults to drink green beer. Around the world, millions of pints of beer are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day, amounting to more than $245 million!
Saint Patrick’s Day Worksheets
This bundle is our BIGGEST worksheet collection yet with over 45 pages of worksheets all ready-to-use. These worksheets are perfect for students to learn about Saint Patrick’s Day which is a cultural and religious celebration that happens annually on 17 March to mark the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
Worksheet Pack Includes:
- St. Patrick’s Day Facts
- Who is St. Patrick?
- The Shamrock
- When in Ireland
- Is it True?
- Around the World
- Fact or Bluff
- Symbols and Meanings
- Cross that Word
- What’s the Difference?
- Eat Something Special
- The Green Day
- Word Search
- Order of St. Patrick
- The Leprechauns
- Sydney Opera House
- Puzzle Pieces
- Religious Holidays
- St. Patrick’s Word Bank
- Poem for St. Patrick
- Symbol for the World
- The First Parade
- You Complete Me
- Holiday Headline
- What I Learnt
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