The Irish have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for centuries. Similar to other Religious feast days, this ancient saint is honoured by many Christian sects.
Heralded as the saint who chased the snakes from Ireland, St. Patrick converted the pagan country through the grace of the Church of Rome where he originally studied.
Today, most people celebrate St. Patty’s day with green beer and funny clothing. Traditionally, celebrations were family-based and united the Irish People in shared customs, beliefs, and deeply held values.
Your children are sure to enjoy a day of Irish inspired activities during your family-isolation. Some educational and fun ideas include:
- Streaming Irish jigs and songs
- Watching traditional Irish dance on YouTube or chrome cast to your TV
- Adding green food dye to your short bread cookie recipes
- Sewing or glueing crazy Green Irish hats, ties or belts using felt, ribbons, or fabrics
- Cooking Irish Stew, scones and clotted cream or butter from scratch or from cans
- Telling Irish fables about leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, or gnomes
- Reminding your children about the “kiss of the blarney” and the folkloric tradition known today as “the gift of the gab”
Irish traditions are fun for everyone and all are welcome. Sunny dispositions deserve to shine, so let your Irish eyes smile today!!!
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