St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th March each year. In Ireland they have the Monday off as a Bank Holiday celebration. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his saints day is one of the most celebrated in the world.
The story goes that St Patrick came to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland. Ireland never really had any snakes but he’s well known for “driving the snakes out of Ireland” and is often pictured doing so.
St Patrick’s Day usually falls within the Lent period, which is known for fasting and abstinence. Traditionally, St Patrick’s Day was a day off from the Lenten fasting and is known for its boozy celebrations and general excess. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world and is perhaps the most celebrated Saints Day of all.
St Patrick’s Day is a day of celebration of all things Irish; with parades and festivals all across Ireland and beyond. For me, it’s a great excuse to bake some nice Irish style treats and to do some crafts with my boy. I’ve made this St Patrick’s Day colouring sheet for children to do. It’s free to download, so what are you waiting for?
According to legend, St Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans; which is why the shamrock is one of the most well known symbols of Ireland. The St Patrick’s Day custom of “drowning the shamrock” or “wetting the shamrock” was popular many years ago. At the end of the days celebrations, a shamrock is put into the bottom of a cup, which is then filled with whiskey, beer, or cider. A toast is then drunk to St Patrick, Ireland, or those present.
Sásta Lá Fhéile Pádraig!
If you enjoyed this, you might also like to make this paper shamrock craft.