Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind some of the things we associate with St. Patrick's Day? Learn about why St. Patrick's Day is celebrated and why we talk about shamrocks, leprechauns, the blarney stone, and much more; plus find some related crafts to try.
Saint Patrick - Make a Pot O' Gold
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated to honor Saint Patrick, a missionary credited with converting the Irish to Christianity.
It is believed that he was not even Irish. Some say he was born in either Scotland or in Roman Britain. When he was around 60 years old, St. Patrick traveled to Ireland and spread the Christian word.
Shamrock - Make Shamrock Pins
The shamrock is one of Ireland's most famous symbols. It is said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock or seamorg, and it's 3 leaves to explain the concept of the Trinity - the father, son, and the Holy Spirit. The shamrock is also associated with good luck! Many people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day.
Leprechaun - Make a Leprechaun Hat
The legendary leprechaun is an elf-like creature. In most representations, he looks like a small, old man. Leprechauns like to spend their time alone making shoes. They live in the woods and hide from everyone, but maybe this has something to do with their mysterious pots of gold! The leprechauns are said to keep their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Some stories say if a leprechaun likes you, he will share his gold. Others stories say you must catch a leprechaun, and then he will take you to his pot of gold.
Blarney Stone - Make a Blarney Stone
The famous Blarney Stone is not pretend, it really exists! It is set in the wall of the Blarney Castle in the Irish village of, what else, Blarney.
You can visit and kiss the Blarney stone, but it is not an easy fete. To reach the Blarney stone, you must lie down on your back and bend your head backward and downwards to reach it. It is said that kissing the Blarney Stone will give you the gift of blarney, or speaking convincingly to all you meet!
Snake - Make a Spiral Snake
The story goes that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea. He did this by beating a drum. It was believed that snakes were a symbol of evil and by driving them away, St. Patrick helped to rid Ireland of evil.