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St Patrick’s Day

March 10th 2021| Michael Mountford

St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th, the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.

In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17th, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

Lesson Ideas

Irish Traditions

On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon.

Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world in locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.

Parades through the streets, corned beef and cabbage, jolly singing and dancing, and making soda bread; these are only a handful of traditions that take place during St Patrick’s Day.

Did you know? The colour traditionally associated with St. Patrick was blue, not green.

Try Irish Dishes

Popular St. Patrick’s Day recipes include Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and champ.

Ready, Steady, Cook! Every country all over the world will have its local dishes and Ireland is no exception. BBCs website GoodFood has published an article titled “Top 10 traditional Irish foods to try“. They also have links for each of dishes to a homemade recipe so that people can try at home.

If you have the facilities at your school why not pick out a couple of simple ones and see if you can make them in the class.

BBC Teach

The BBC website have an absolute plethora of information all to do with St Patrick’s Day. Have a look below at some of the links to pages that I have found.

Life of St Patrick
St Patrick’s Day 2020

St Patrick’s Journey

Britannica is a very good site and hosts many concise articles about many historical figures.

Learn Irish Phrases

A fun way to ease into the day is by having some fun trying to learn a few phrases from the Irish language of Gaeilge. The native Irish language is seldom spoke nowadays as everyone in Ireland learns English as their first language – however it’s still fun to try and learn a new language, even if its only to be able to say “good morning” to someone.

Take a look at this site here, which has a list of useful phrases and words.

YouTube Videos

YouTube is always the best place to start when looking for inspiration.

People from all over the world take part in the celebrations of St Patrick’s Day and there are a whole host of videos from people who document how they spend their day celebrating.

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Decor
St Patrick’s Day Parade Dublin Ireland 2019
St Patrick’s Day in Chicago – Google Local Guides Ep3
Chicago River Dyed Green – Drone Time Lapse

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about St Patrick’s Day.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)

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