St Patrick's Day, 17 March, is the Irish national day. But there are many communities of Irish origin around the world and on St Paddy's Day, everyone is Irish!
There is a large Irish community in the U.S. and the parades in Chicago and New York are famous. The Chicago River, and the Liffey in Dublin, have been dyed green on March 17 for many years. More recently, many landmarks around the world have symbolically “gone green” for St Patrick’s Day. You can see some of them here and in the video below.
This page from the Irish Tourist Board tells you all the basics about St Patrick and St Patrick’s Day: Why is it on 17 March? Was St Patrick Irish? Why is green associated with St Patrick's day, and Ireland, alias the Emerald Isle?
For any celebration you need food and drink. Here are some traditional Irish recipes, and a video to show you how to make brown soda bread and smoked salmon pâté. (Tip: for buttermilk, you can use lait ribot or make your own by adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to 500ml of milk and leaving it for a few minutes. The acidity works with the bicarbonate of soda to replace yeast in this simple bread.)
To celebrate St Patrick's Day with your class, don't miss our webpicks for some great resources!
For a seriously socially distanced St Paddy's Day, don't miss the online events organised on 14 March 2021 by Irish in France (lots of music) and on the 17th, why not join in the celebrations at the Irish embassy?
To get the links:
14 March Irish in France
17 March Irish Embassy Virtual Reception.