Tomorrow, Friday 17th March, is St Patrick’s Day!
St Patrick’s Day is a day for remembering the saint called Patrick. He was one of Ireland’s patron saints who ministered Christianity in the fifteenth century.
But what does St Patrick’s Day mean to you and how do we celebrate it?
We asked a few teachers at our school.
What is the traditional food for St Patrick’s Day?
The traditional food for St Patrick’s Day is corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew consisting of mutton, onions, potatoes and parsley. Instead of mutton, kid goat is sometimes used.
Why do you pinch someone on St Patrick’s Day?
People pinch others who are not wearing green.
This is because they believe that if you are wearing green you are invisible to leprechauns, and leprechauns pinch people who are not wearing green, so people remind each other of the leprechauns by pinching one another.
What is a Shamrock?
A shamrock is a traditional variety of clover, it has three leaves. Some shamrocks have four leaves and are very rare and considered to be lucky charms. Each leaf of the clover represents something. The first is hope the second is faith and the third is love. If there is a fourth it represents luck. Experts say that for every 10,000 three leaf clovers there is one four leaf clover.
Why do we wear green?
Green is one of the colours in the flag of Ireland, the country is also known as the Emerald isle, and it’s also the colour of the shamrock. According to the Christian Science monitor, the first original colour was blue, but was changed in the 17th century.
If you are celebrating St Patrick’s Day make sure you have a good one and make sure you wear green… otherwise you may get pinched!
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