St Patrick's Day


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St Patrick's Day

  1. 1. The Legend of St. PatrickThe Legend of St. Patrick This is a famous Irish legend. Ireland is an island in the Atlantic Ocean.
  2. 2. The Legend of St. PatrickThe Legend of St. Patrick A long time ago there lived a priest in Ireland. His name was Patrick.
  3. 3. The Legend of St. PatrickThe Legend of St. Patrick In Ireland there lived many snakes, too. People were afraid of snakes.
  4. 4. The Legend of St. PatrickThe Legend of St. Patrick Patrick wanted to help. How could they get rid of the snakes?
  5. 5. The Legend of St. PatrickThe Legend of St. Patrick He took a drum and played it loudly – and all the snakes slid away. Patrick walked all over the island, until the last snake was gone.
  6. 6. The Legend of St. PatrickThe Legend of St. Patrick The people were very happy. They called Patrick a saint. Today you can't find any snakes in Ireland.
  7. 7. TheThe RealReal StoryStory • St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. • We think he was born in 385 AD in Britain. • At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland. • During his captivity, he became a very devout Christian. • When he escaped six years later, he went on to spend 12 years in a monastery. • He then returned to Ireland as a missionary. • St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. • We think he died on March 17, 461.
  8. 8. ShamrocksShamrocks • One symbol associated with St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock. • A shamrock is a three-leaf clover. • The three leaves represent Ireland’s magic number and the Holy Trinity. • Shamrocks are believed to bring good luck. Feel like coloring? Click here for a printable shamrock coloring page!
  9. 9. LeprechaunsLeprechauns • Another St. Patrick’s Day symbol is a leprechaun. • A leprechaun is a small Irish fairy. He is known as being mischievous and unfriendly. • Leprechauns spend their time looking for and guarding treasure. • If you catch a leprechaun, he must tell you where his treasure is! Want to catch a leprechaun? Click here for instructions to make a leprechaun trap!
  10. 10. GreenGreen • Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle”. • You must wear green on St. Patrick’s Day— if you don’t, you may get pinched! • Many things are green on St. Patrick’s Day: food, beer, and even the Chicago River! Want to see more green things? Click here to learn about shades of green and things that are green.
  11. 11. ResourcesResources • The Legend of St. Patrick” images and text: – http://www.grundschule- • “The Real Story” info: – – day/quick_facts.html • “Shamrocks” info: – • “Leprechauns” info: – • Photo of Chicago River: –