1 History of St. Patricks Day2 Shamrocks3 Leprechauns4 Activity on St. Patrick5 Activity onLeprechauns6 Some useful links
The person who was to become St. Patrick was quite successful atPatrick, the patron saint of Ireland, winning converts. And this factwas born in Wales about AD 385. rightfully upset the CelticHis given name was Maewyn, and Druids, who had their ownhe almost didnt get the job of native religion. Patrick wasbishop of Ireland because he lacked arrested several times, butthe required scholarship. escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also setFar from being a saint, until he was up schools and churches which16, he considered himself a pagan. would aid him in hisAt that age, he was sold into indoctrination of the Irishslavery by a group of Irish country into Christianity.marauders that raided his village.During his captivity he became a His mission in Ireland lastedChristian and adopted the name for thirty years. After thatPatrick. time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patricks Day ever since.
One traditional icon of the day is theshamrock. And this stems from a morebona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrickused the three-leafed shamrock to explainthe Trinity. He used it in his sermons torepresent how the Father, the Son, andthe Holy Spirit could all exist as separateelements of the same entity. His followersadopted the custom of wearing ashamrock on his feast day. SHAMROCK
LEPRECHAUNS A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Like other fairy creatures, leprechauns have been linked toIrish mythology.The leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, the leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release. Popular depiction shows the leprechaun as being no taller than a small child,with a beard and hat.
COMPLETE THE TEXT WITH INFORMATION ABOUT ST. PATRICKS DAY St. Patrick’s DaySt. Patrick’s Day is a _______________honoring Saint Patrick. People wear_____________ colored clothing and somewomen wear green ____________ in their hair.People who don’t wear green clothing get_______________ as a punishment. Peoplealso wear ______________, which are asymbol of Ireland. As well, there are____________ on the streets and sometimespeople ______________ the rivers green.
COMPLETE THE TEXT WITH INFORMATION ABOUT ST. PATRICK Sai nt Pat r i c k ____________ Patrick is the patron saint of ______________. According to _____________, Saint Patrick was ______________ in Britain and then _______________ by pirates and sold as a _______________ in Ireland. He escaped with the help of an _____________ and then lived in a ____________ for twelve years before going back to Ireland. When he returned to Ireland he performed many ______________. According to one myth, Saint Patrick got rid of all of the ________________ in Ireland.
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