Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th and has become the day when people around the world celebrate Irish culture. Patrick is the Catholic patron saint of Ireland and we celebrate that day which marks the date when Saint Patrick died, and often associated with symbols of Ireland such as the shamrock, the color green, and leprechaun.
FUN FACTS & SYMBOLS
- Green is part of Saint Patrick’s Day because it’s the color of Spring.
- One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
- The most common St Patrick's Day symbol is the shamrock. The shamrock is a leaf from the clover plant.
- It’s a myth that the shamrock can only grow in Ireland – the three-leaf clover grows all over the world – from Tasmania to England.
- The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy who dresses like a shoemaker. Leprechauns are unfriendly little men who lives alone in the forest, spending time making shoes and guarding their gold treasures. If you catch a leprechaun, he'll be forced to tell you where he hides 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.
Some ideas to do with the kids on Saint Patrick’s Day
Make magic green milk- add a few drops of green food colouring to the bottom of a drinking glass, get the children to watch in wonder as you pour in milk and it magically changes to green.
Green snacks at the lunch box- This year Saint Patrick’s Day is on a Wednesday, surprise your child with a nutritious lunchbox all in green. Use cucumbers, green Veggie pita wraps and cut in clover shapes, green grape, green apples etc.
Get Creative Doing St. Patrick’s Day Crafts- Make a Leprechaun Craft with a Fork Print Beard. An Apple Shamrock Stamp, a paper plate Leprechaun, a Cupcake Liner Shamrocks, etc.
Test Your Luck Playing a St. Paddy’s Game- Organize a scavenger hunt, rainbow coin toss, and even pin the clover on the leprechaun.
Bake Festive Desserts- Use green frosting to decorate cookies and cupcakes. Draw some rainbows and use it as a cake popper.