St. Patrick's Day

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May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead"

St Patrick's Day
17 March

    

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the 17 March is his national day.  St Patrick was captured by pirates when he was a boy and spent six years as a slave before he was able to escape.  He trained as a missionary and went to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.  Ireland is famous for not having any snakes on the island and the Irish believe that it was St Patrick who drove them all away.

                    

Although St Patrick's Day isn't generally celebrated in England it is a great day to tell stories about leprechauns and to make crafts around the themes of rainbows and pots of gold, so it's a lovely themed event for small kids.  If you're feeling inspired you could even have a family party to celebrate.  You'll find lots of themed activities on our Tinies and Tikes Celebrate pages and you can make it as simple or as elaborate as you like.  You never know, you might have so much fun it becomes an annual tradition.

St Patrick's Day Party (there isn't much else to celebrate in March, to be honest.)  Invitations, crafts and games, can be found at: http://party.kaboose.com

A very simple game would be to hide chocolate gold coins around the house and let your guests hunt for them.  You could call it a Leprechaun's Treasure Hunt and perhaps tell a little story about the leprechaun who lost it.  

For a recipe to make St Patrick's day cookies visit:
www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland

The simplest St Patrick's Day dinner is of course Irish Stew and the simplest recipes to follow are always Delia Smith's, so here's the link:
www.deliaonline.com/recipes

Don't forget to share with your guests this lovely Irish drinking toast:

"May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead."

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