“Saint Patrick’s Day” was our school theme last week and in keeping with tradition, the whole school wore green for our Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. All of the students gathered together as a large group in the big room to listen to a lift-the-flap book, “Hooray for Saint Patrick’s Day!”
Then everybody had fun singing “The Leprechaun Song!” The singing got everybody so excited to play the “Toss the Leprechaun Bean Bag Game.” To play, each class lined up in front of their teacher. The students had to catch the leprechaun bean bag to win a “pot of gold” filled with yummy treats!
Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day has been observed as a religious festival in Ireland for over a thousand years? It is a day named in honor of St. Patrick who is the patron saint of Ireland and credited for bringing Christianity to that nation. It is also widely recognized as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage.
According to most sources, the real name of St. Patrick was Maewyn Succat and when he was only 16, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. During his captive years, he turned to God to help him endure and persevere. He escaped to France where he became a priest, and eventually rose to become the second Bishop to Ireland. He established schools, churches, and monasteries across the country. It is believed that St. Patrick used a shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and soon his parishioners began wearing shamrocks to church services. Today, going green on St. Patrick’s Day represents Ireland, shamrocks and, yes, spring!
Have a fun Spring Break everyone!