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Did you know that there was a real St. Patrick? No, he wasn't
the Saint Patrick of legend, who supposedly chased the snakes
out of Ireland. Nor was he the St. Patrick who used the three
leaves of the Shamrock to teach the mystery of the Trinity to
pagans. Did you know that the real Saint Patrick wasn't even born
St. Patrick was born toward the end of the fourth century in Roman-ruled
Britain. When he was sixteen, he was taken prisoner by a group
of Irish raiders who attacked his family's estate. They took him
back to Ireland and sold him into slavery. For six years, St.
Patrick was a slave. Then he escaped and made his way back to
St. Patrick was a Christian by the time he returned home. He went
to Gaul (now France) to study for twelve years and he became a
priest. After his studies, he went to Ireland as a missionary,
where he lived for the next thirty years. St. Patrick died on
March 17, 461.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated as a religious holiday in the
Catholic Church. He is considered a saint and it is Catholic tradition
to honor their saints on the anniversary of their death, which
is why St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th every year.
In modern times, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by wearing green
and going to parades which happen in big cities such as Boston
and New York. Some cities even dye their rivers green for the
day! Traditional Irish food that is eaten on St. Patrick's Day
includes corned beef and cabbage.
In this mini unit, you can learn about the real St. Patrick, find
out about the origins of St. Patrick's Day, look at a timeline
of and watch a short video on the holiday, put together an online
shamrock jigsaw puzzle and bake Irish soda bread in celebration.
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video on St Patrick's Day
Irish soda bread
and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick's Day Symbols
Shamrocks, shillelaghs, reed pipes, and leprechauns - these are
some of the many symbols that remind us of St. Patrick's Day. Who
was St. Patrick? And what is this early spring holiday all about?
With warmth and vitality, Edna Barth tells the colorful stories,
legends, and historical facts behind St. Patrick's Day and shows
how the spirit of this ancient Irish holiday is still alive in many
countries. Illustrated with black and white drawings by Ursula Arndt,
this is a book to be discovered and read with pleasure by young