Early this week, I overheard a conversation about St Patrick’s Day that my little sister was having in her class. I listened in a little bit and was fascinated with what I heard about the Irish culture and St Patrick’s Day. I talked to my teacher to see if I could get in touch with classmates who celebrate St Patrick’s Day. With the help of my teacher, my parent’s colleagues and my school friends, I was able to reach out to families who celebrate, wished them all an awesome celebration and I was excited to learn all about it from them. Wishing our friends make them feel special and accepted and we get a great opportunity to celebrate each other.
La le Padraig (in Irish), or Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in honor of the patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick. This unique Irish holiday is also celebrated around the world and we all might have heard of it. Shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns and the color green have become symbols of this great celebration.
The shamrock is one of the main symbols of Saint Patrick’s Day and is Ireland’s national flower.
Normally there are parades in all towns/cities to celebrate the occasion. Guess what!! The first St Patrick’s day parade on record took place in New York City.
I saw on the news yesterday that St. Patrick’s Day is also celebrated at the White House and usually Irish leaders gift the President with shamrocks. The White House fountain was turned green in celebration too. How Cool!!
Corned Beef and cabbage has become a St. Patrick’s Day staple for Irish Americans but I was surprised to learn that it doesn’t have anything to do with the grain of corn. Large grains of salt are used in meats, which were also known as “corns” and that is how the dish got its name.
Here are some other really cool fun facts I learned about the celebration and I am so excited to share them with you today:
- Saint Patrick was not born Irish. He was born in Britain. At the age of 16 St Patrick was taken by Irish Pirates to Ireland.
- Four leaf clovers are considered very lucky because they are a rare find. I wish I knew where I could find them.
- A leprechaun is an unfriendly Irish fairy. If you catch one they are forced to tell you where their pot of gold is! Now we know why we make leprechaun traps!!
- The green color, that has become the color of St Patrick’s day is the color of springtime and is connected with thoughts of hope and good things to come.
- Since 1962, the Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
- Leprechauns are actually one reason you’re supposed to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day—or risk getting pinched! I heard that leprechauns pinch everyone they see but we become invisible to them if we wear green…..I am now wondering, if we can wear green and then go trap a leprechaun?
- Some people also believe that sporting the green color will bring good luck, and others wear it to honor their Irish ancestry.
Let’s make it a point to make our friends who celebrate this holiday feel really special by wishing them every year on March 17th.
If you celebrate this day, please email me and I would love to read all about it.
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Irish you a Happy
St Patrick’s Day!
Some St Patrick’s day riddles you might enjoy –
- Why do leprechauns recycle? They like to go green!
- What’s a leprechaun’s favorite cereal? Lucky Charms!
- What kind of bow can’t be tied? A rainbow!