Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17th, honoring the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. The celebrations are largely Irish culture themed and typically consist of wearing green, parades, and spending time with friends.
People all over the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially places with large Irish-American communities.
Feasting on the day features traditional Irish food, including corned beef, corned cabbage, coffee, soda bread, potatoes, and shepherd’s pie.
Many celebrations also hold an Irish breakfast of sausage, black and white pudding, fried eggs, and fried tomatoes.
For this activity, we pretended to be leprechauns looking for gold! Using black paper “pots of gold”, green hats, and “gold” coins, your little one scurried around the front yard to retrieve their treasure from the end of the rainbow!
In America, the little bearded sprites known as leprechauns have become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture. The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is lobaircin, meaning small-bodied fellow. In Irish mythology, a leprechaun is a type of male fairy said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They are a class of “fairy folk” associated in Irish mythology and folklore, as with all fairies, with the Tuatha Dé Danann and other quasi-historical peoples said to have inhabited Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.