ST. PATRICK’S DAY is a cultural and religious holiday held annually on March 17. Named after the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, the day celebrates Irish heritage with food, parades, drinks, Irish lore, and an assortment of green-colored things even green beer
Today the holiday is celebrated around the world, with much of the modern traditions inspired by Irish expatriots in the United States. (Sydney Combs. National Geographic)
Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. ( Encyclopaedia Britannica)
As our 3º ESO B students have been reading the book All About Ireland this year, we decided to go a little further making them look into some of the most relevant aspects of Irish culture, history, and traditions. The result ol all this work was shown in a series of posters that we displayed in our centre. To enrich this vision of the Emerald Island, we organised an exhibition. Many Irish stuff such as T-shirts, sweaters, school uniforms, school diaries, maps, mugs, souvenirs items, bags, toys and of course, the worldwide famous Guinnes beer, were present in it.
It was a pity that our high school lockdown, due to the coronavirus outbreak, made it impossible to celebrate St Patrick´s Day as we had planned beforehand.We are pretty sure that we will be able to commemorate this Irish event next year.