Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious public holiday celebrated in many countries on the 17th March.
It is named after Ireland’s patron and saint, Saint Patrick, who is commonly recognised with the ‘green country’ and is believed to be credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
Originally the day started out as a Catholic holiday and over time it became an official feast day in the early 17th century.
Nowadays it is more of a non-inspirational celebration of Irish culture; associated with everything Irish such as green, gold, shamrock and luck.
Initially the associated colour was blue but over the years the colour green and its overtone with Saint Patrick’s Day grew. Now people dress up in green and decorate drinking establishments with green ribbons and shamrocks
According to legend St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people. It is for this reason that he Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland.
Folklore also claims St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland and that’s why they don’t have any over there!
So rejoice in the special day by making arts and crafts with the children; you can have tons of fun spending time together as a family and celebrate if you have any Irish heritage or ancestors.
Pot of Gold
It’s Irish Folklore and it has it that if you follow the rainbow the leprechauns, otherwise known as Irish fairies, will leave a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
This super easy project is a fun way to create a little package of goodies! A great craft that can be made by all ages you can simply recycle an old baby food or jam jar.
A simply arts project that can amuse the kids for hours!
Use anything to colour in the shamrock from paints, coloured pens and green textiles; use many shades of green to make it as bright as possible.
The outlined shape can be sketched onto a plain white piece of paper or an example can be printed off the internet.
This is a fantastic way for the children to have lots of fun getting messy with paint as well as educating them on the colours of the rainbow.
Get imaginative and sprinkle glitter on the rainbow like fairy dust and combine the projects by drawing a pot of gold at one end of the rainbow.
Implement some Irish charm into your home with some Irish themed Tea Towels from Ulster Weavers.